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

Limb Preservation Clinic

Expert Care for Complex Limb and Foot Problems

Am I at Risk for Amputation?

If you have diabetes, vascular disease (a condition that affects blood vessels and circulation) or peripheral artery disease (PAD), you may be at risk for amputation if these conditions are not well controlled. If your doctor has told you that you have ischemia (very poor blood flow) or neuropathy (nerve damage to your feet or legs), your risk may be even higher. You also may be at risk due to other problems, such as pressure sores, accidents, leg swelling and infection.

Can I Reduce My Risk of Amputation?

You can reduce your risk of amputation by taking the following steps:

  1. Stay as healthy as possible and get regular check-ups. If you have diabetes or a vascular disease such as PAD, you should eat a proper diet, exercise regularly, and control your blood sugar, blood pressure and lipids. Learn about proper hygiene and foot care, and have regular check-ups by your doctor and foot exams by a foot specialist.
  2. Get wounds treated right away. If a wound develops, do not wait to seek treatment; see a podiatrist or a wound care center right away so specialists can help prevent complications and speed healing.
  3. If a wound doesn’t heal, seek help from the Limb Preservation Clinic. Wounds that fail to heal require immediate attention from our team of specialists, who will do everything they can to save your limb.

A Team Approach to Limb-Saving Treatment

The ChristianaCare Limb Preservation Clinic brings together specialists from many clinical areas with the goal of treating and saving limbs. Working together, we offer a highly coordinated and personalized approach to care that may save limbs in patients who would otherwise face amputation and permanent disability. Our team includes vascular surgeons, podiatrists, endocrinologists, cardiologists, orthopaedic surgeons, infectious disease specialists, plastic surgeons, neurologists, and interventional radiologists.

Every Minute Counts

People with health problems, such as diabetes, vascular diseases and PAD, need to act fast if these conditions lead to serious problems of their lower legs and feet. It is important to get help right away if you notice any of the following:

  • Wounds or ulcers that won’t heal.
  • Gangrene (death of tissue).
  • Poor blood circulation.
  • Neuropathy (numbness caused by nerve damage).
  • Severe cramping in the legs after exercise.

Contact the ChristianaCare Limb Preservation Clinic, where doctors will work with your primary care physician, podiatrist or other doctor to create a treatment plan that may save your limb. They also will teach you how to identify future problems with your feet and legs before they become medical emergencies.

How We Can Help

At the Limb Preservation Clinic, you get immediate access to a wide range of services needed to prevent amputation:

  • Special blood flow tests in one of the largest, state-of-the-art vascular laboratories in the Delaware Valley.
  • Advanced imaging, such as CT angiography, MRI, radionuclide scan.
  • Tests of nerve function, metabolism and infection.
  • Biomechanical and podiatric tests, including gait analysis.

Treatment Options

Once the cause of your problem has been diagnosed, your physician will discuss with you the treatment options available. Options may include:

  • Minimally invasive procedures to restore blood flow, such as balloon angioplasty, stents and laser.
  • Traditional surgery.
  • Drug therapy to improve blood flow.
  • Intensive antibiotic therapy to stop infections.
  • Wound care, including dressing, debridement (removal of dead tissue), incisions, compression, and oxygen therapy.
  • Foot-sparing partial amputations and reconstructive surgery.
  • Skin grafting following debridement.
  • Experimental therapies, such as stem cell and gene therapy, bone marrow stimulation, devices and chemotherapy.

We may use a combination of these treatments to save your limb or foot. Every patient is different, and we will review your medical history and conduct a physical exam and additional testing to determine the best course of treatment for you.

Ongoing Follow-up

Our doctors will remain involved in your followup testing, treatment and rehabilitation. We will work with your primary care physician, podiatrist and others involved in your care – including family members – to ensure healing and help you avoid problems with limb-threatening ischemia.

For more information or to schedule an appointment right away, please contact the ChristianaCare Limb Preservation Clinic at 302-733-3038 or 855-473-8346, and choose option 2.

Contact Us

Center for Heart & Vascular Health
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1E20
Newark, DE 19718

Hours
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

To schedule an appointment, call:
302-733-3038, option 2
855-473-8346, option 2

Most patients can be seen within 24 business hours and sometimes on the same day. You do not need a doctor’s referral.