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.

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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.

Living with epilepsy can be frustrating, especially if you’re struggling to control your seizures with medication.

The first of its kind in Delaware, the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at ChristianaCare brings hope to those who have missed activities or important life milestones because of their seizures.

More Accurately Diagnosing Seizures

A seizure is a sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain. This can cause changes in behaviors, movements and levels of consciousness.

There are many types of seizures, and they can affect you differently depending on where the seizures begin in the brain. It’s sometimes difficult for doctors to accurately diagnose the type of seizure since they often can’t observe your seizure and how it affects you firsthand during your office visit.

That’s why the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is helpful in pinpointing where seizures are starting in the brain. During your stay, our clinical team records seizures as they are happening. Video cameras are used to record body movements, and an electroencephalography (EEG) is used to monitor brain activity.

This approach provides more in-depth information and data about your brain’s activity. As a result, our highly-specialized team of medical experts can more accurately diagnose the type and severity of your seizures. We can then work with you to design the most effective treatment plan. Our goal is for you to get the treatment you need to live your life to the fullest.