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.

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: New Visitation Guidelines. 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 Program

Bariatric Surgery Program

Bariatric Surgery Virtual Seminars

Bariatric Surgery Support Groups

The ChristianaCare Bariatric Surgery Program at Wilmington Hospital is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This accreditation means that ChristianaCare and our surgeons have proven that our clinical practices, patient outcomes and facilities meet the rigorous standards of this organization. ChristianaCare Bariatric Surgery Program is also a Blue Distinction Plus designee from BlueCross BlueShield Association, a 3 Star Quality Bariatric Center from Cigna and an Aetna Institute of Quality Bariatric Surgery Facility.

The Bariatric Surgery Process

If you choose to undergo weight-loss surgery at ChristianaCare, you will be guided through a comprehensive process at the Weight Management Center that has been developed to promote the best outcome for you, as well as provide for your comfort, emotional health and peace of mind.

Surgical evaluation

Your process begins with evaluation by one of the two surgical groups operating at ChristianaCare, Bariatric Surgical Services at ChristianaCare with Michael B. Goldberg, M.D., Caitlin Halbert, D.O., Mingwei Ni, M.D., Ph.D., Anthony R. Tascone, M.D., or CHRIAS with George Ibrahim, M.D., Isaias Irgau, M.D., Michael Peters, M.D., and Gail Wynn, M.D.  Your surgeon will determine if you are a candidate for the surgery and help you determine which surgery is right for you.

Pre-surgery preparation

Your next step will be to meet with the team at the Weight Management Center. A comprehensive medical assessment and psychological evaluation will be done, as well as medical clearance by our physician before your surgery is scheduled. In addition, you will be scheduled to attend our life-skills education classes to receive important information about dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes after surgery. Our bariatric nurse coordinator and case manager will review with you any other additional tests and consults that need to be done to prepare you for the surgical process.

We also offer a monthly nutrition and weight management class, led by our registered dietitian and exercise physiologist that you may enroll in to meet your specific insurance requirement.

While you are preparing for surgery, we encourage you to attend our bariatric surgery support group, which will give you an opportunity to meet and learn from people who already have undergone the surgery.

Surgery

Once all pre-operative requirements have been met, you will be scheduled for a surgical clearance appointment with your surgeon and obtain approval from your insurance.  Your surgery will be scheduled at ChristianaCare Wilmington Hospital.

Follow-up

Follow-up appointments will be an essential part of your post-surgical care. Medical and nutrition follow-up appointments will focus on how you are recuperating from surgery and adjusting to eating changes. Our dietitians will provide you with sample food plans and menus that will ensure that you receive adequate nutrition to promote healing and maintain healthy body function.

Weight Management Center
501 West 14th Street
Wilmington Hospital
Gateway Building, 4th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801 directions
302-623-3475