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

Surgery and 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, by phone or by video. There may be times when an appointment or procedure may be rescheduled. In which case, we will contact you to let you know. Rest assured, all urgent needs will be addressed promptly.

Existing ChristianaCare patients can request an appointment using their patient portal account.

Visitor restrictions are still in place for your protection. Please refer to our visitor policy for more details.

Our operating rooms are now accommodating elective procedures.

As an added safety measure, all patients will be screened for COVID-19. If needed, your doctor will order a COVID-19 test to be performed at a ChristianaCare laboratory three to five days before your procedure.

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

Surgery and 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, by phone or by video. There may be times when an appointment or procedure may be rescheduled. In which case, we will contact you to let you know. Rest assured, all urgent needs will be addressed promptly.

Existing ChristianaCare patients can request an appointment using their patient portal account.

Visitor restrictions are still in place for your protection. Please refer to our visitor policy for more details.

Our operating rooms are now accommodating elective procedures.

As an added safety measure, all patients will be screened for COVID-19. If needed, your doctor will order a COVID-19 test to be performed at a ChristianaCare laboratory three to five days before your procedure.

Bariatric Surgery Services

Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)

If you’ve tried exercise and diet programs with little success, bariatric surgery may be an option. Most people experience rapid weight loss within the first 18 to 24 months of having the surgery.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric sugery involves making changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight. Some types of this surgery make the stomach smaller. Other types of this surgery also change the connection between your stomach and intestines.

Who qualifies for bariatric surgery?

You may be a eligible for this type of procedure if you are:

  • Have 100 pounds or more to lose
  • Have a BMI at least 40 or higher
  • Have a BMI of 35 and at least one other medical condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Have tried and failed at other weight loss attempts.

What are the weight loss surgery options?

If you’re considering weight loss surgery, our Delaware surgeons host free virtual seminars to walk you through the types of bariatric surgery including:

Gastric sleeve surgery

The surgeon removes more than half of your stomach, leaving a thin vertical sleeve, or tube.

Gastric bypass surgery

The surgeon uses a small part of your stomach to create a smaller stomach. This is connected to the middle part of the small intestine. As a result, food skips (bypasses) the rest of the stomach and part of the small intestine.

What are the benefits of bariatric surgery?

Weight loss surgery can help to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other life-threatening conditions. Research shows that patients live longer after weight loss surgery.

What should I do if I’m interested in having bariatric surgery at ChristianaCare?

Get your questions answered by our surgeons at our free virtual seminars. After you attend a seminar, schedule a personalized consultation by calling 302-320-4175. Our doctors and staff will help you to make an informed decision about whether surgery is right for you.

ChristianaCare Bariatric Surgery Services
501 West 14th Street
Wilmington Hospital
Gateway Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
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302-320-4175