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: 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: Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19

Behavioral Health

Health Psychology

A serious illness can challenge your coping abilities. How you react to your illness may influence how quickly you recover or how well you enjoy life with a chronic condition. Even if you are healthy, maintaining habits that help you to stay that way—such as not smoking, managing stress, and eating and sleeping well—can be challenging.

The ChristianaCare Health Psychology program focuses on the many factors that can influence health and illness. Based on a biopsychosocial model, the program takes into account how a person’s biology, psychological reactions and social environment may play a role in various diseases or conditions.

How a health psychologist can help you

A health psychologist can teach you how to cope with your emotional reactions to medical problems and manage your circumstances more effectively. Relaxation training, hypnosis and other strategies may help you to reduce bothersome symptoms and decrease the negative impact of stress and other health challenges on your life.

The Health Psychology team works with doctors and other health care professionals to treat patients with obesity, cardiac disease, diabetes and other conditions.

Health Psychology may help you if you are experiencing:

  • Depression or anxiety in response to a health crisis, such as a heart attack or recent diagnosis with a serious illness.
  • High levels of stress that affect your ability to take good care of yourself or hurt your enjoyment of day-to-day life.
  • Emotional distress that affects your sleep or triggers symptoms such as headaches or stomach problems.
  • Difficulty changing health habits such as smoking, eating or exercise.
  • Problems following your doctor’s advice for managing a chronic condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease.

Health psychology services are often covered under the mental health benefit of your health insurance.

Support for weight management and bariatric surgery patients

If you are undergoing weight-loss surgery through the ChristianaCare Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, the Health Psychology team will provide a psychological assessment before the procedure and support services afterward. Our health psychologists also support people who are seeking help at the institute’s Weight Management Center and can provide consultations to patients who are having weight loss surgery at other hospitals.

For more information, call 302-320-9224.