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.

Center for Heart & Vascular Health

Cardiac Catheterization

The cardiac catheterization lab at Christiana Hospital specializes in the latest methods for evaluating and treating coronary artery disease. Our cardiologists are among the region’s most experienced in diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization procedures. Our spacious catheterization labs are equipped with today’s most advanced technology for performing all major cardiac catheterization procedures currently in use, including:

  • Diagnostic catheterization.
  • Balloon angioplasty.
  • Intravascular ultrasound techniques.
  • Peripheral vascular angioplasty.
  • Rotational and directional atherectomy.
  • Stent placement.
  • Cardiac structural interventions

Every ChristianaCare interventional cardiologist performs a minimum of 100 angioplasties every year to ensure superior clinical skills. That’s more experience per doctor at ChristianaCare than the entire staff has at many hospitals. In caring for your heart, there’s no substitute for experience.

What is a cardiac catheterization?

By inserting a fiber-thin catheter into the groin area and feeding it up toward the heart, cardiologists can insert dyes into the coronary arteries to locate and often clear away potentially life-threatening blockages. The images produced by this procedure help cardiologists diagnose just how extensive the coronary artery disease is, and help them determine the most effective type of treatment.

Having a procedure and want to learn more before coming in?

Visit our Virtual Interventional Labs Tour.

ChristianaCare Center for Heart & Vascular Health
Christiana Hospital
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718 directions
302-733-1000