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.

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.

Wound Care

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is a medical treatment that uses pressurized oxygen to aid in healing wounds. The patient relaxes in a comfortable, pressurized chamber that circulates 100 percent oxygen at two to three times atmospheric pressure to promote healing.

By increasing the amount of oxygen in your blood that is circulated to body tissues, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can promote wound healing, preserve damaged tissues, help to control infection and increase the formation of blood vessels. It can be an appropriate treatment option for people with:

  • Diabetic ulcers of the lower extremeties.
  • Chronic osteomyelitis.
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps.
  • Radiation injuries.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is pain-free, safe and effective, with few or no side effects.

Individual treatments typically last 90 to 120 minutes. The number of treatments needed varies by condition and are administered once daily, five days per week.

During treatment, the patient relaxes in a see-through atmosphere-controlled chamber that allows freedom of movement. Most patients listen to music, watch TV or nap during treatment.

ChristianaCare Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Riverside Medical Arts Complex
Suite 300, 700 Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE 19802 directions
302-320-4540
302-762-3706 fax
ChristianaCare Cecil Campus
106 Bow Street
Elkton, MD 21921 directions
443-406-1825
443-406-1829 fax