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


X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. In a health care setting, a machine sends individual X-ray particles, called photons. These particles pass through the body. A computer or special film is used to record the images that are created.

Structures that are dense (such as bone) will appear white because they will block most of the X-ray particles. Metal and contrast media (special dye used to highlight areas of the body) will also appear white. Structures containing air will be black. Muscle, fat and fluid will appear as shades of gray.

Preparing for your X-ray

X-rays typically do not require any special preparation. Because radiation is involved, it is important to inform the technologist prior to the exam if you are or might be pregnant, or if you have an IUD inserted.

If abdominal studies are planned and you have had a barium contrast study (such as a barium enema, upper GI series or barium swallow), or if you have taken medications containing bismuth (such as Pepto-Bismol) in the last four days, the test may be delayed until the contrast has fully passed.

The procedure

The positioning of your body, the X-ray machine and film depends on the type of study and area of interest. Multiple individual views may be required. Much like conventional photography, motion causes blurry images on radiographs. For this reason, you may be asked to hold your breath or not move during the brief exposure (about 1 second). There is no discomfort from X-ray exposure, although during the scan it may be necessary for you to sit in an uncomfortable position for a short period of time.

Do X-rays pose a health risk?

For most people, health risks from X-ray exposure are extremely low. Young children and developing fetuses, however, are sensitive to the risks of X-rays. Women should tell health care providers about suspected pregnancy before being exposed to X-rays. Please ask your technologist or doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

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