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.

Rehabilitation appointment information – Learn more

For the safety of our patients and caregivers, we have expanded and changed how we deliver care to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Depending on your medical needs, your appointments could take place in-person or by video. Existing ChristianaCare patients can request a virtual appointment by sending a message to “Rehabilitation Services Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy” on the ChristianaCare patient portal.

Before Your Appointment

Please complete the required health history information on the ChristianaCare patient portal. Any additional required paperwork will be emailed to you.

 

What to Expect from an In-Person Visit

When you come to see us, you will experience a welcoming environment that’s a little different.

Before your appointment, you will answer some COVID-19 screening questions through secured text messaging or at the door. Our team will let you know when you are cleared to come into the office.

Your support person can help you get into the office, but they should plan to wait in the car during your appointment. You should plan to wear a face mask throughout your appointment.

After your appointment, our team will assist you in getting back to your car.

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: New Visitation Guidelines. Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19.

Rehabilitation appointment information – Learn more

For the safety of our patients and caregivers, we have expanded and changed how we deliver care to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Depending on your medical needs, your appointments could take place in-person or by video. Existing ChristianaCare patients can request a virtual appointment by sending a message to “Rehabilitation Services Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy” on the ChristianaCare patient portal.

Before Your Appointment

Please complete the required health history information on the ChristianaCare patient portal. Any additional required paperwork will be emailed to you.

 

What to Expect from an In-Person Visit

When you come to see us, you will experience a welcoming environment that’s a little different.

Before your appointment, you will answer some COVID-19 screening questions through secured text messaging or at the door. Our team will let you know when you are cleared to come into the office.

Your support person can help you get into the office, but they should plan to wait in the car during your appointment. You should plan to wear a face mask throughout your appointment.

After your appointment, our team will assist you in getting back to your car.

ChristianaCare
Rehabilitation Services

Balance and Mobility

Problems with balance, dizziness, and movement can affect your ability to enjoy the activities you love. Our physical therapists at ChristianaCare Rehabilitation Services can help improve your coordination, balance, and movement. Our therapists listen to your needs and partner with you to develop a treatment plan to help you get back to the life you want to live.

Common dizziness and balance disorders (vestibular and non-vestibular) that can be helped by vestibular rehabilitation therapists:

 

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Bilateral vestibular hypofunction
  • Cervicogenic dizziness/headache (CGD/CGH)
  • Falls prevention/balance dysfunction
  • Other multi-factorial dysequilibrium
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Unilateral vestibular hypofunction (UVH): acoustic neuroma /vestibular neuritis
  • Vertigo from central causes: stroke/multiple Sclerosis/traumatic brain injury

We perform the following specialized balance and mobility tests:

 

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): Dix Hallpike or Roll Test
  • Cervicogenic dizziness/headache (CGD/CGH): upper cervical testing and head motion sensitivity testing
  • Falls Prevention: Tests for postural stability/sway; including the Modified Clinical Test of Sensory Integration of Balance
  • Ocular and gaze stabilization testing
  • Post-concussion: various tests for sensitization, central symptoms, or cervical symptoms
  • Unilateral vestibular hypofunction (UVH): Head Thrust; Head-Shaking Nystagmus
  • Video oculography vestibular testing for BPPV or vestibular hypofunction

Additionally, many diagnoses may benefit from audiological vestibular testing.