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

Resources

The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute and other organizations in the community offer numerous resources to support cancer survivors.

Cancer Center Library

Please visit our library in the main lobby of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute for books, magazines, CDs and videos that may help answer questions and provide guidance.

You also can download “Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment,” a booklet on practical ways of dealing with the challenges of being a cancer survivor from the National Cancer Institute.

Cancer Center Social Workers

Our Cancer Center social workers can help you navigate financial and practical demands and connect you with resources at ChristianaCare and in the community. They are available to assist with questions relating to insurance, disability, Medicaid, billing, transportation and other issues you may have. There is no cost to speak with our social work staff, so please contact us at 302-623-4700.

CanSurround

The Graham Cancer Center has partnered with CanSurround, an innovative website that helps people living with cancer reduce stress, build resilience and create well-being. Sign up at hfgcc.cansurround.com/

Individual Counseling

ChristianaCare Behavioral Health offers personalized care for effective treatment of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Call 302-320-9108 for more information.

“Look Good…Feel Better”

Trained volunteers help women cope with the skin changes and hair loss often experienced during and after cancer treatment. Program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Personal Care Products Council Foundation and National Cosmetology Association (NCA). Registration is required. Please call 302-623-4580 or register online for virtual workshops at lookgoodfeelbetter.org/alliance-partner-virtual-workshops/#sign-up

Simply You Boutique

This specialized boutique at the Graham Cancer Center offers wigs, compression bras, prostheses and more. Call 302-368-3686.

Smoking Cessation Coaches

The program, in partnership with the Delaware QuitLine, offers five free counseling sessions to assist you with going smoke free. Call 1-800-Quit Now, 1-866-409-1858 or 302-623-CARE for information.

Rehab Educational Classes

Topics include cancer-related fatigue, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, lymphatic drainage massage, the benefits of therapeutic exercise, managing arm swelling and cognitive impairment (“chemo brain”), and more. Registration required. Please call 302-709-3411 or contact Candy Muldowney at 302-623-4866 or cmuldowney@christianacare.org to inquire about virtual offerings.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Education and Support Group

This group meets the 4th Thursday of each month from 3:30-5 p.m. Please call Megan McMahon at 302-623-2021 for more information or to register. Virtual classes are available.

Community/Online Resources