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.

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
& Research Institute

Meet our Team

Call 302-623-4661 to speak with any of our Community Health Outreach and Education team members.

Nora Katurakes, MSN, RN, OCN
Manager, Community Health Outreach and Education
Nora oversees ChristianaCare’s Community Health Outreach and Education program. Her community work includes the Wilmington Health Planning Council, the Early Detection and Prevention Committee for the Delaware Cancer Consortium and the American Cancer Society Leadership Council. She is a certified oncology nurse.

Amanda Baggett, MPH
Amanda specializes in breast cancer outreach and education. Before joining ChristianaCare, she served the Eastside Wilmington community as a public ally for REACH Riverside and The Warehouse project, where she helped empower teens as mentors.

Robyn Biehn, BSN, RN, OCN
Robyn specializes in helping people with lung cancer screenings and access to smoking cessation programs. She is a certified oncology nurse.

Xiangfen Gu — speaks Mandarin-Chinese/讲普通话
Fen travels to Chinese businesses and community centers throughout New Castle County to help those who speak Mandarin Chinese with everything related to health care, from insurance to state financial programs to screenings and appointments with primary care and specialty providers.

Laura D. Hernandez Vergara, CHI™ — speaks Spanish/Habla español
Specializes in community outreach for breast cancer and other cancer control activities. Works closely with the Healthy Family Program

Luisa E. Ortiz-Marquez — speaks Spanish/Habla español
Luisa is the program manager for the Healthy Latin Families and Promotoras programs.

Melissa Donovan
Melissa is likely the first person you will speak with when you call the Community Health Outreach and Education office to schedule a program or learn more about available services. She will put you in touch with the right person on our team!

We can help you through the maze of decisions about:

  • Where to go for screenings.
  • What screenings are right for you.
    American Cancer Society guidelines for the early detection of cancer
  • What forms you need to fill out.
  • How to get financial support through state-funded programs.
  • How to gain access to follow-up services, if needed.

Offering programs in Mandarin and Spanish!

 

Community Health Outreach and Education Program
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713 directions
302-623-4661