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

Ostomy Support

If you have an ostomy or are preparing for one, the Ostomy Multidisciplinary Center at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute can provide answers to your questions. We provide professional assistance, guidance and emotional support before surgery, after recent surgery, and even if years have passed since your ostomy surgery.

The Ostomy Multidisciplinary Center welcomes patients with any type of ostomy, including those that are not cancer-related. Even if you did not have your surgery at a ChristianaCare facility, you can take advantage of this special service.

At the Ostomy Multidisciplinary Center, you’ll find one-on-one guidance from a wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) nurse who is specially trained to work with ostomy patients. The WOC nurse will speak with you in a private setting, allowing you to discuss sensitive issues and ask questions freely. If you are seeing other medical professionals at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Center, your WOC nurse will work closely with them as part of your team of professionals.

Ostomy education

Before surgery, your WOC nurse will help you learn what you need to know about an ostomy lifestyle. Your nurse will teach you how to care for your ostomy effectively. Prior to surgery, your WOC nurse will determine a good location for your ostomy, taking into account the uniqueness of your body and your situation. And if you have any special developments that require attention after surgery, the WOC nurse can help you manage them.

Emotional support

As a person new to ostomy, you may wish to talk to others in similar circumstances. The Ostomy Multidisciplinary Center maintains information about independently-run support groups, such as those for Crohn’s disease and colitis, ostomies and cancer.

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713 directions
302-623-4500