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.

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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

Recommended Reading for Caregivers of Alzheimer's or Dementia Patients

The following publications are good sources of information for caregivers of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The medical librarians at the ChristianaCare Consumer Health Libraries can also assist you in finding helpful information about these and other topics.

  • “Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook” (3rd ed., 2001) by H. Gruetzner.
  • “Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out” (2007) by R. Taylor.
  • “It Takes More than Love: A Practical Guide to Taking Care of an Aging Adult” (2000) by A.G. Beckerman and R.M. Tappen.
  • “Navigating the Alzheimer’s Journey: A Compass for Caregiving” (2004) by C.B. Sifton.
  • “The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care” (2003) by V. Bell and D. Troxell.
  • “The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia” (2007) by J. Simard.
  • “The Loss of Self: A Family Resource for the Care of Alzheimer’s disease and Related Disorders” (2002) by D. Cohen and C. Eisdorfer.
  • “The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease” (4th ed., 2001) by N.L. Mace and P.V. Rabins.
  • “When Love Gets Tough: The Nursing Home Decision” (2006) by D.W. Manning.