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

Skin Cancer

In a state known for its beaches, we all need to learn how to be safe in the sun.

Everyone is at risk for skin cancer, but it can be prevented.

  • Protect yourself from ultraviolet rays from the sun and avoid tanning beds.
  • Use water-resistant sunscreen (and reapply often!), wear sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats and protective clothing.
  • Check your skin for new growths, changes in a mole or a sore that won’t heal.
  • Check your own skin regularly — know what is normal for you — and talk with your doctor about whether you need a skin exam as part of your routine health check-up, especially if you are at higher risk of melanoma.

There are five types of skin cancer:

  • Basal and squamous cell skin cancer.
  • Melanoma skin cancer.
  • Merkel cell skin cancer.
  • Lymphoma of the skin.
  • Kaposi sarcoma.

The most important warning sign of melanoma is a new spot on the skin or a spot that changes in size, shape or color. Remember the ABCDE rule:

  • Asymmetry: one half of the mole or birthmark does not match the other.
  • Border: edges are irregular, ragged, notched or blurred.
  • Color: color is not the same all over; may include different shades of brown or black sometimes with patches of pink, red, white or blue.
  • Diameter: spot larger than 6 millimeters (about ¼ inch)
  • Evolving: mole changes in size, shape or color.

Also look for:

  • A sore that doesn’t heal.
  • Spread of pigment from the border of a spot into surrounding skin.
  • Redness or new swelling beyond the border of the mole.
  • Itchiness, tenderness or pain.
  • Scaliness, oozing, bleeding or the appearance of a lump or bump.

Show your doctor any mole that you are unsure of.

To learn more, call 302-623-4661 or visit:

  1. Protect Your Skin Delaware 
  2. American Cancer Society — Skin Cancer
  3. Skin Cancer Foundation

 

Click here to Find a Doctor or call us at 800-693-CARE.

Screening for Life and Health Care Connection

Don’t let lack of insurance or copays keep you from getting screened! Screening for Life and the Health Care Connection Screening for Life provides payment for cancer screening tests recommended by your doctor if you meet age, income and insurance guidelines. This program is a cooperative effort of the Delaware Division of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Health Care Connection simplifies the eligibility screening process to help uninsured Delawareans access primary care and medical specialists, disease prevention services — such as cancer screenings — and helps ensure access to prescription programs, laboratory and radiology services.

To learn more, call 302-623-4661 or visit Screening For Life or the Health Care Connection & Voluntary Initiative Program.

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