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

You make appointments for annual physicals, dental checkups, mammograms and eye exams. Memory wellness is important too!

Swank Memory Ambassadors Program

Dr. James Ellison
“If we recognize a memory
difficulty in its early stages,
there is more that
we can do to help.”
James M. Ellison, M.D., MPH
The Swank Foundation
Endowed Chair in Memory Care
and Geriatrics

If you answer YES to any of these questions, you may benefit from a FREE, confidential, 5 minute memory screening.

  • Are you worried about your memory?
  • Do you have trouble concentrating or focusing?
  • Are you misplacing things more often?
  • Do you have trouble recalling names or words in conversations?
  • Have you ever forgotten where you are going or gotten lost while driving?
  • Do you lose track of what you are saying in the middle of a sentence?
  • Have others told you that you repeat stories or questions?

Swank Memory Ambassadors are trained clinician volunteers committed to helping you learn more about memory disorders — including Alzheimer’s disease — with a focus on enhancing brain health through free, confidential screening and memory wellness education programs. We will not make a diagnosis or offer a treatment, but we can help you find qualified resources for memory care evaluation and treatment and can link you with needed medical care, social services and community resources. With your permission, we can even share the results of your memory screening with your primary care provider.

We have helpful tips to share about nutrition, physical activity, mental stimulation and fall prevention.

Ambassador

Did you know?

  • More than 19,000 families in Delaware alone are coping with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
  • About one half of all individuals in our community with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia have not yet been diagnosed by a health care provider.
  • Nearly half of all people in the U.S. will have dementia by the age of 85.
  • The average caregiver is a woman in her 40s who is married, employed and caring for her 60+ year old mother who does not live with her.
  • The risk is 1.5 times higher for individuals who identify as Hispanic/Latino, and 2-3 times higher for those who identify as Black or African-American than for non-Hispanic whites.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women.
  • In her 60s, a woman’s estimated lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease is 1 in 6. Compare that to a 1 in 11 risk of developing breast cancer.

The Swank Memory Ambassador team is committed to help you:

  • Enhance health through education on a brain-healthy lifestyle.
  • Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders through screening and education programs.
  • Find resources for memory care evaluation and treatment.
  • Access needed medical care, social services and community resources.

Symptoms of cognitive impairment can include:

Cognitive

  • Difficulty remembering names and new acquaintances.
  • Difficulty following the flow of conversation.
  • Frequently misplacing objects.
  • Frequently forgetting conversations.

Behavior/Personality

  • Aggression and anger.
  • Anxiety and agitation.
  • Sleep issues and sundowning (confusion that begins in the late afternoon and spans into the night).
  • Suspicion and delusions.

Sensory

  • Problems with gait, mobility and balance.
  • Visual/hearing impairment.
  • Decreased smell, taste, touch sensations.