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.

Urogynecology

Urogynecology FAQ

What is a urogynecologist?

A urogynecologist is a physician who specializes in treating women with a variety of disorders to the pelvic floor. This specialist is also sometimes called a female urologist.

Before the urogynecology specialty was created, women with pelvic-floor disorders typically had to visit multiple specialists and receive treatment for problems in the urinary, gastrointestinal and reproductive systems separately. A urogynecologist can manage all these conditions comprehensively.

In addition to completing medical school, a urogynecologist must have completed a four- or five-year residency program in urology or obstetrics and gynecology, plus an intensive three-year fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is the muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and nerves that support the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum and help these pelvic organs function.

What causes pelvic-floor disorders?

The National Institutes of Health estimate one-third of women in the United States will experience pelvic-floor disorders in their lifetime. Childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic diseases and surgery can weaken the pelvic floor. Inherited factors also can contribute.

While pelvic-floor disorders become more common as you get older, they are not inevitable. Depending on the severity of your condition, a range of treatments are available to minimize the symptoms or repair the damage.

How are these conditions diagnosed?

In addition to a comprehensive history and physical examination, our physicians may also rely on several types of evaluations, including:

Urodynamics: A small catheter is placed into the patient’s bladder to measure pressure in the bladder and urethra while the bladder is filled with water. The patient answers a series of questions to help determine how much her bladder can hold, after which she urinates, and the amount or urine is measured. The test is not painful and lasts approximately 20 minutes. The patient may stop the test at any time.

Cystoscopy: 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 cystoscope is flexible and no larger than a catheter. The camera is attached to a monitor so that the patient can view the inside of her bladder as well. The test is not painful and lasts approximately 5 minutes. The patient may stop the test at any time.

Urinalysis: A patient’s urine is checked at each visit to ensure that she does not have an infection.

Bladder ultrasound: An image of the patient’s bladder is taken at each visit to ensure you she is emptying it completely. This is not invasive or painful.

Endo-anal ultrasound: A small ultrasound probe is gently inserted one inch into the rectum to see if the anal sphincter is intact.

Pelvic-muscle evaluation: A physical exam or an electronic monitoring device is used to measure the patient’s ability to contract her pelvic muscles.

Anorectal manometry: A small balloon is placed in the rectum to measure the strength and ability of the rectum to contain the bowels. While awkward, this test is not painful and lasts only a few minutes. The test may be stopped at any time.

Radiology: A variety of X-rays may be used as appropriate to aid diagnosis.

How are these conditions treated?

Once our doctors determine the cause of your pelvic-floor disorder, they may provide a variety of treatment options, including:

  • Medications.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Behavior modification.
  • Alternative medicine.
  • Reconstruction of the pelvic floor using both minimally-invasive and more complicated surgical techniques. Specialties include vaginal, abdominal, laparoscopic and robotic surgery using da Vinci technology.

For more information about treatment options, refer to the specific medical conditions listed on the main page.

ChristianaCare Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Surgery

Christiana Hospital
Medical Arts Pavilion 2
4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1208, Newark, DE 19713 directions
302-623-4055
fax 302-623-4056

ChristianaCare Concord Health Center
161 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 directions
610-361-1030, option 9

Smyrna Health & Wellness Center
100 S. Main Street, Suite 215
Smyrna, DE 19977 directions
302-623-4055

Wilmington Hospital
501 West 14th Street
Gateway Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
302-623-4055