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).

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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

Urogynecology

Urinary-Tract Infection

A urinary-tract infection occurs when bacteria contaminate any part of the normally sterile system of organs and tubes that process, store and move urine through and out of the body. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.

The most common types of urinary-tract infection are cystitis, which is an infection in the bladder, and urethritis, which is an infection in the urethra. Kidney infections, called pyelonephritis, are more rare and far more serious.

Infection-causing bacteria, especially E. coli bacteria, most commonly come from the gastrointestinal tract. Urinary-tract infections cannot be transmitted from one person to another.

Urinary-tract infections are among the most common causes of visits to a doctor’s office, particularly for women. Approximately half of women will have at least one urinary-tract infection in their lifetime. Women are nine times more likely to get urinary-tract infections than men.

A woman’s anatomy makes her vulnerable to bacteria moving from around the anus into the urinary tract. This is simply because her urethra—the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body—is shorter than a man’s. Sexual intercourse, the use of a diaphragm and failing to wipe from front to back after urinating or defecating add to this anatomical vulnerability.

Other anatomical problems can cause some women to be more prone to infections and to get them repetitively. These problems include kidney stones, tumors and atrophy of the urinary tract (caused by a decrease in estrogen).

What are the symptoms of urinary-tract infection?

Urinary-tract infections have certain classic symptoms, mainly associated with inflammation of the bladder. You might not experience all of them. They include:

  • Increase in the urge to urinate.
  • Increase in the number of times you urinate.
  • Burning with urination.
  • Pain that worsens when the bladder is full.
  • Foul-smelling or cloudy urine.
  • Bloody urine.

Symptoms can be subtle. Elderly patients who have a urinary-tract infection might experience confusion or a change in mental status. A fever, though not common, can occur if the infection affects the kidneys.

How is urinary-tract infection diagnosed?

A urinalysis determines if there is an infection, and the results are available quickly.

A urine culture involves trying to grow the bacteria in a dish to see what the organism is. This information helps the doctor decide what antibiotics are appropriate to treat the infection.

A person with recurrent urinary-tract infections will require a more involved workup. This may include a cystoscopy, in which a small tube-shaped camera is inserted through the urethra to view the bladder for details that are difficult to see with an X-ray. The test is not painful and lasts approximately 5 minutes. Diagnosis may also require some form of imaging of the upper urinary tract. These extra steps help the doctor determine if you have an anatomical or other problem that predisposes you to repetitive infections.

How is urinary-tract infection treated?

Antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment. They can begin right after a urinalysis, although the doctor might change the antibiotic after reviewing the results of the urine culture. Your medical history also will affect the doctor’s choice of an antibiotic.

If you have recurrent urinary-tract infections, treatment is more involved. First, the doctor will treat the existing infection and minimize recurrence. Then the doctor will try to identify and treat the underlying cause of the infections.

ChristianaCare Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery

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Smyrna, DE 19977 directions
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Wilmington, DE 19801
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