Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: New Visitation Guidelines. Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19.

ChristianaCare

Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: New Visitation Guidelines. Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19.

Health & Wellness

Financial Assistance for Alzheimer's Caregivers

The costs involved in caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be quite high. Outlined below are descriptions of the financial options available.

Health care insurance

Medicare

  • Federal health insurance program generally for people age 65 or older who are receiving Social Security retirement benefits.
  • Covers some, but not all, of the services a person with Alzheimer’s disease may require.
  • Applications for Medicare may be sent to a local Social Security office.
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE for or visit Medicare.gov more information.

Medigap

  • Private insurance that supplements Medicare by covering some of the co-payments and deductibles required by Medicare.
  • Some more expensive policies offer a prescription coverage.
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE for or visit Medicare.gov more information.

Medicaid

Medicaid Waiver for the Elderly and Disabled

  • Allows low-income disabled and elderly persons to remain in their own homes rather than going into an institutional setting
  • Those eligible can receive all regular Medicaid services and, as needed, case management, homemaker, respite care, an emergency response system, and day care.
  • Visit Medicaid Waiver for the Elderly and Disabled.

Private insurance

  • Varies widely in the types of services covered.
  • Check to see if your loved one has private insurance, and talk with an insurance agent about the specifics of any insurance policies held.

Social Security programs

Social Security Disability

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Other financial considerations

Veterans Administration

If your loved one is a veteran of the U.S. armed services, check with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Wilmington VA Medical Center to find out about available benefits.

Tax savings

You or your loved one may be eligible for tax breaks for certain care and medical expenses. Check with an accountant or your local Alzheimer’s Association for tax-break information for caregivers and older Americans. The IRS also offers free tax-return preparation and tax counseling for the elderly.