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.

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Admission to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Our goal is to help you live without fear of seizures. If medications and other treatments haven’t been effective in managing your seizures, our highly-specialized team of medical experts is here to help.

Scheduling a Consultation

You can schedule a consultation with one of our epileptologists by calling 800-693-CARE.

If the epileptologist refers you for a stay in the monitoring unit, you may then be scheduled for admission on a particular date. Our team will make every effort to schedule a date that works for you and your family.

Preparing for Admission

Before coming to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, be sure to pack enough clothes and personal toiletries, such as deodorant, toothpaste and denture adhesive, for five days.

It’s recommended that you bring comfortable, loose-fitting clothing such as boxer shorts, shorts, pajamas or sweatpants. No pullover shirts are allowed, so please bring button or zipper front shirts.

You should also bring books, magazines, a laptop computer or tablet to help occupy your time. Free Wi-Fi is available.

On the Day of Your Admission

Before coming to Christiana Hospital, you should bathe as usual but do not apply any conditioner, hairspray, mousse, oil or gels to your hair. Be sure to eat breakfast and take your usual medications.

When you arrive at Christiana Hospital, go to the main hospital entrance door and report to the EEG lab. The EEG lab is located in the outpatient hallway behind the information desk. Follow the signs to the left of the desk or ask for directions at the front desk.

Download a our patient brochure for more details.