Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Imaging Services


A CT scan is a procedure that generates a series of images that can be used to detect conditions that often do not show up on conventional X-ray images. The fine detail of a CT scan shows a clear picture of soft tissues, internal organs and bone structures, including:

  • The brain.
  • The chest, abdomen and pelvis.
  • The spine, including discs and surrounding tissues.

Preparing for your CT scan

If you have any prior CT scans, ultrasounds or MRI films and reports, bring them to your appointment.

Some cases require no special preparation, but in other cases we may ask you to fast for four hours before your exam. If your CT scan will require a prior injection, you will be required to undergo a blood test before arriving for your CT scan. Your scheduler will discuss this process with you.

For a CT scan of the abdomen or pelvis, you will need to drink a barium mixture at home two and a half hours before your exam and another cup once you arrive for your appointment.

For a CT scan of the head or neck, you will need to remove objects such as hairpins, jewelry, hearing aids, dentures or glasses that may interfere with the test.

The procedure

During the procedure, you will lie on a table that will move slightly during the exam. In an adjacent room, a trained and licensed radiologic technologist will operate a computer that rotates a tube around you. Without coming in contact with your body, the tube will send very thin X-ray beams from different angles through your body. The computer analyzes the information obtained from this process and produces pictures of the area being scanned. Throughout the procedure, the technologist can see you and will talk with you via intercom.

While the X-ray unit is operating, you will hear some clicking or buzzing sounds. It is important that you lie very still during the procedure, so the images are as clear as possible. At certain points, you may be asked to hold your breath. The entire exam may last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the type of scan being done.

In some cases, you may be given an injection that will assist the scanner in providing a better image. The CT technologist or a radiologist will explain this procedure to you and discuss your medical history in order to ensure that it is safe for you to receive this injection.

After the procedure, we may ask you to wait while a radiologist reviews the images from your scan to make sure that we have all the necessary information. We’ll then send a report to your physician, who will discuss the results with you.

Request an appointment online, or call 302-838-3088 or toll-free 877-838-3088.