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.

ChristianaCare and Bayhealth team up for Medicare Advantage

Teaming up to bring you new Medicare Advantage Plans.

Did you know Medicare Advantage plans offer extra benefits and cost savings to help you manage your health and budget? This includes many benefits that original Medicare and Medigap plans simply don’t have, like:

  • $0 deductibles.
  • $0 or low monthly premiums.
  • Predictable copays for frequently used services, like specialist visits, outpatient surgery, and hospital stays.
  • Special benefits for diabetic testing supplies.
  • Additional benefits including: dental, vision, hearing aids, and fitness.

Look for new Medicare Advantage plan options coming this fall.

As a valued patient, we also want to let you know that ChristianaCare and Bayhealth have entered into a new shared commitment to your health with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. As collaborating providers in new Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware Medicare Advantage plans, we will educate and empower Delaware seniors so they get the most out of their Medicare plan. Our organizations are committed to keeping Delaware seniors healthy and well.

Decide if a Medicare Advantage plan is right for you.

There are many resources to help you learn more, including the Highmark Medicare Roadmap. To get your Medicare Roadmap:

Enroll in Medicare Advantage coverage from October 15 to December 7, 2021.

Don’t forget, the Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare runs October 15 – December 7, 2021. During this time, we recommend taking the opportunity to review your Medicare coverage to make sure that you have a plan that meets your financial and health care needs, now and in the future. If you need assistance, feel free to call Highmark at 844-531-3957.

Take a few minutes to review your options.

ChristianaCare and Bayhealth participate with many health insurance plans across our region, and we encourage you to review all of your options before deciding. You can review all Medicare plans available to you by visiting medicare.gov/plan-compare. We are always here to help our patients on their journey to good health.






Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.