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

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
& Research Institute

Cancer Rehabilitation

Cancer rehabilitation focuses on practical day-to-day issues such as maximizing strength and adjusting to physical challenges at work, at home or at play. Rehabilitation services at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute are provided by therapists who are specially trained in oncology care. Your cancer rehabilitation therapist will work closely with your doctor to ensure that your symptoms are managed effectively and your abilities are restored quickly.

Most cancer patients can benefit from cancer rehabilitation, and the service is covered by most insurance plans. Following are some examples of ways in which cancer rehabilitation can help:

Managing cancer-related fatigue

Cancer-related fatigue, or CRF, is a persistent sense of tiredness that is common among people have cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment. Randomized clinical trials have shown that patients whose treatment plans include exercise report a dramatic decrease in CRF. Your cancer rehabilitation therapist can design a program for you that effectively combats cancer-related fatigue with appropriate exercise.

Overcoming side-effects of chemotherapy

A common side-effect of chemotherapy is peripheral neuropathy —a numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet. Through exercises designed to strengthen the hands and improve coordination, and through desensitization techniques and the use of adaptive equipment, you can reduce the impact of these and other side-effects and regain function.

Post-surgery rehabilitation

If you have undergone surgery of the head, neck or lungs, you will likely face limitations and limited range of motion in your upper extremities. Our therapists can help to restore range of motion with gentle, therapeutic exercises. We also provide scar management and a customized aerobic-exercise plan, which progresses to a strength-building program.

Breast-cancer rehabilitation

Our breast-cancer specialty services include scar-management training and instruction on techniques to reduce the risk of lymphedema for women who have undergone mastectomy, axillary dissection or reconstructive surgery. For women with lymphedema, treatment may include instruction in skin care and limb health, lymph-drainage massage and bandaging techniques. Treatment also includes exercise and gentle conditioning and stretching to improve strength and restore function.

Lymphedema Support Group

Breast surgery and radiation treatment may cause breast or arm swelling called lymphedema. This swelling can limit arm movement or cause a feeling of fullness in your arms or legs. Call 302-623-4866.

Coping with lesions of the central nervous system

A tumor of the brain or spine can cause difficulty with movement, balance, coordination or perception. Through specific exercises and adaptive equipment, cancer rehabilitation can help you to overcome these obstacles.

ChristianaCare Rehabilitation
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713 directions
302-709-3411