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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a ChristianaCare Health Guide?
    ChristianaCare Health Guides offer free support to patients who need help making appointments with doctors and dentists; connections to community resources, financial assistance and prescription assistance; and help with health insurance and Medicaid. Health Guides can help connect you with health care services so you can have regular check-ups and visits to a doctor’s office when you are sick.
  2. How can I get an appointment with a ChristianaCare Health Guide?
    To make a free appointment with a Health Guide, call 302-320-6586 or email healthguides@christianacare.org. Health Guides are located at Christiana Hospitals and Wilmington Hospital and offer services at ChristianaCare’s school-based health centers.
  3. What should I bring to an appointment with a Health Guide?
    1. Your driver’s license or government ID card.
    2. If you do not have an ID, bring a utility bill proving residence.
    3. Birth dates of those needing insurance coverage.
    4. Social Security numbers of those needing insurance coverage.
    5. Paystubs, W-2 forms or other information about your family’s income.
  4. Can a ChristianaCare Health Guide help me enroll for Medicaid?
    Yes, a Health Guide can assist you in completing a Medicaid application.
  5. Can a ChristianaCare Health Guide help me enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act?
    A Health Guide can refer you to partner organizations that can help you with your health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.
  6. Are there any prescription programs for uninsured patients?
    Yes, there are prescription programs available to patients who need assistance. A Health Guide can connect you to ChristianaCare’s Pharmacy Program and to pharmacies and stores that offer discounted prescriptions.
  7. Why did I receive a bill from ChristianaCare and a separate bill from the doctor?
    If you received services from a specialist or service provider other than ChristianaCare, you will receive a separate bill from that provider. Please call the telephone number printed on the bill if you have any questions.
  8. What do I do when I receive a bill?
    You are financially responsible for all bills provided to you. Please call the number on the bill first. If it’s a ChristianaCare bill, Health Guides may be able to connect you to financial services for help.