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.

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Rehabilitation Services

Diagnostic Audiology

More than 28 million Americans experience some level of hearing loss. The condition affects people of all ages and whatever its cause, it’s a frustrating problem that makes communication difficult. Our audiologists are skilled in assessing the degree and cause of hearing loss through today’s most advanced hearing test capabilities:

Auditory brainstem response testing

In this study, we’ll check the electrical nerve impulses that carry sound from the inner ear to the brain by placing electrodes on your ear lobes or behind each ear, as well as on your forehead. The clicking sounds you hear through earphones help our audiologists study interruptions in nerve impulses to your brain.

Distortion produce otoacoustic emission

With this test, audiologists place a tiny microphone in your ear canal opening to measure how well outer hair cells in your inner ear are working.

Electroneuronographys

Small electrodes placed on your face on either side of your nose and on your forehead trigger facial nerves, allowing the audiologist to measure muscle weakness in your face due to problems such as Bell’s palsy.

Pure-tone air and bone conduction and speech audiometry

Measuring your ability to hear tones ranging from low to high helps the audiologist determine degree and type of hearing loss.

Tinnitus evaluation

To help identify degree and cause of tinnitus, your audiologist will perform a complete hearing exam, that may also involve movement studies of your eyes, jaw, neck, arms and legs or imaging tests, such as CT or MRI scans, to help find underlying disorders causing that persistent sound in your ears.

Tympanometry

Using varying amounts of air pressure in the ear canal, tympanometry helps audiologists assess how well your eardrum and middle ear are working. Sound waves transmitted to the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, measure the energy of the reflected sound and provide valuable clues to the cause and degree of hearing loss or tinnitus.