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

Cancer Social Work

How can a social worker help me?

Living with cancer may mean that you will have to deal with added financial, practical and emotional concerns. Our social workers can give you direction and support as you face these challenges. If you have questions like the ones listed below or others, please call our cancer center social workers at 302-623-4700.

  • How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits? If I am approved, when and how do I get Medicare?
  • How do I apply for Medicaid?
  • What is the Delaware Cancer Treatment Program?
  • Do I need to have Medicare D?
  • How do I find out if I have paid sick leave at work?
  • What is COBRA?
  • What is the Family Medical Leave Act?
  • I’m having trouble paying my bills, is there anything in the community that may be able to help me?
  • Is there anywhere I can get help with paying for a wig?
  • What kind of help is there if I need a ride to treatment?
  • I need help talking to my kids and family about my cancer.
  • I’m having trouble dealing with all of this, where can I get help and support?
  • I’m having trouble taking care of myself and my home. Is there any help?
  • What is hospice?
  • What is an advanced directive? Do I need one?

There is no cost to speak with our social work staff.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Cancer Care Management
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713 directions
302-623-4700