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.

Our Services

Palliative Care

To palliate means to provide comfort.

ChristianaCare’s interdisciplinary palliative-care team provides comfort to patients with advanced chronic and serious illness, and to their families. We seek to address your fears and anxieties, lessen your pain and symptoms, and improve your quality of life. We emphasize communication, continuity and coordination of care. We can even help you make decisions about your medical care, including recommendations for medication and referrals as needed.

Managing your symptoms

We work with your hospital care team to ease pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, shortness of breath and any other symptoms that concern you. Throughout your treatment, we provide emotional and spiritual support to you and your family, and coordination with your primary-care doctor and specialists.

Helping you to make decisions about treatment

You and your family may be presented with many options for managing your inpatient care. Options include home care, a skilled nursing facility, a rehabilitation center or hospice. We can help you to choose what is best for you.

The ChristianaCare palliative care team can help you and your family ask the right questions based on your diagnosis, and we can help you choose an option focused on your quality of life. You have the right to know the status of your illness and what you can expect from treatment. Our team can help you to identify, list and communicate your personal care goals to all of your care providers.

Request a consultation

Your hospital physician or primary-care doctor can request a palliative-care consultation while you are in the hospital. To contact our team, call 302-733-4186. For an outpatient consultation, your provider may call our team at 302-623-4960.