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: Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19

ChristianaCare

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: Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19

Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

Dr. Stephanie Caterson brings her extensive microsurgery experience and passion for breast reconstruction to ChristianaCare, where she developed the Center for Breast Reconstruction to be able to offer breast reconstruction to our community based on the individual goals and needs of each patient. Offering innovative surgical techniques at the time of breast cancer diagnosis helps the patient look and feel restored when treatment is over. Dr. Caterson specializes in microsurgical flap reconstruction using skin, fat, blood vessels and sometimes muscle from other parts of the body to reconstruct one or both breasts lost in cancer treatment.  These advanced flap techniques are offered to our patients along with numerous other implant based procedures. To date, Dr. Caterson has performed breast reconstruction on thousands of patients with more than 1,500 of those being microsurgical flap procedures.

Dr. Dorothy Bird is the most recent addition to the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery team, allowing expansion to the microsurgical flap reconstruction program here at ChristianaCare. With the primary goal of restoring aesthetics, form and function, Dr. Bird offers individualized reconstructive surgical treatment regimens to patients with cancer, traumatic injury and congenital conditions. These innovative, life-changing procedures help the patient return to their lives feeling whole again. Dr. Bird is an expert microsurgeon who will offer not only state-of-the-art breast reconstruction, but also head and neck reconstruction, limb/orthopedic reconstruction, complex wound reconstruction (traumatic or chronic), and lymphatic reconstruction.

Our team of compassionate Advanced Practice Clinicians understands the profound impact that a new cancer diagnosis or life-changing trauma can have to not only the patient, but also to their loved ones. Kerry is a highly accomplished physician assistant with 17 years of well-rounded experience including management of breast cancer and breast reconstruction patients. Kerry is also trained in state-of-the art professional nipple and areola 3-D tattooing techniques. John joins the team with over nine years of concentrated operating experience and surgical care. He has received many academic awards and is adjunct teaching faculty at Drexel University. Lisa comes to us with extensive experience in the fields of dermatology and plastic surgery, having previously practiced in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  This along with her graduate training in clinical counseling gives her a unique perspective to each individual patient.   Together, they help guide their patients toward the best possible solution.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call our office at 302-623-3605.