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

Oncology Express Unit

photo of Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute West Entrance
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute West Entrance

Cancer treatment is hard enough without having to make trips to the Emergency Department (ED) due to complications from treatment. The Oncology Express Unit, located on the 1st floor of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, is here to make things a bit easier. It was created especially for cancer patients who may experience problems during cancer treatment that would normally require a trip to the ED. We offer convenient treatment for a variety of issues, including:

  • Dehydration.
  • Blood transfusions.
  • Breathing issues.
  • Bacterial or viral illnesses.
  • Electrolyte imbalances and transfusions.

The Oncology Express Unit is staffed by a team of oncology clinicians who can help you save time and money by avoiding long lines or unnecessary testing in the ED.

Here’s how it works:

  • If you’re having a problem, such as one of the issues described above, call your oncologist.
  • Your oncologist will then call the Oncology Express Unit to ensure this is the right place for you to get treatment.
  • If the team can treat your problem, your oncologist will give you a referral so you can make an appointment.
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The next time you’re feeling ill from your cancer treatment, contact your oncologist and find out if the Oncology Express Unit is right for you.

Oncology Express Unit

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, 1st Floor
Newark, DE 19713 directions