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.

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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.

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Life-changing for patients and their families, we take the fight to cancer with the latest treatments and innovations. We understand that women are at risk of certain cancers which is why our gynecologic oncologists are specially trained to care for women with gynecologic cancers such as cervical cancer, endometrial or uterine cancer, and ovarian cancer. Together with our experts and world-class facilities, we provide a vast array of specialist cancer outpatient services for women under one roof, making care more convenient, efficient and effective.

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Home to one of the most advanced cancer centers in the country, ChristianaCare’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute was one of the first centers in the nation selected for the National Cancer Institute Community Centers Program that ran from 2007 to 2014, which helped to shape the way cancer care is delivered across the country.

Technology and Leadership

The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute is home to some of the most advanced cancer-fighting technology in the world, including the Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery System and the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System. Our Breast Center features Delaware’s only dedicated breast MRI scanner. Our cancer clinical trials program is one of a select group of research centers in the country that participate in the National Cancer Institute’s NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).

With one of the highest clinical-trial accrual rates in the United States, we are able to provide our female patients with access to the most promising new cancer treatments available. We are also leading the way in translational research, which allows doctors and laboratory researchers to collaborate in developing new solutions to challenges that may arise in the course of treating individual patients.

We are here for you

From your first meeting with your care-management team to ongoing support from our survivorship program long after your treatment is complete, the health care professionals at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center are at your service.

Our goal is to make your fight against cancer as comfortable and successful as possible. Our amenities include rooftop gardens and lush surroundings, complimentary snacks in our infusion center and the Simply You Boutique.

Our support staff includes cancer psychologists, nutritionists, financial navigators, chaplains, cancer-rehabilitation therapists and a host of other professionals who are highly trained and highly experienced in caring for people with any type of cancer.

Support Services: Your Nurse Navigator

When you arrive at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, you will be met by your nurse navigator—an oncology-certified or master’s prepared oncology nurse—who will be on hand to answer your questions throughout your entire treatment.

Your nurse navigator is part of your personal cancer care management team, a group of ChristianaCare professionals who will be there when you need them. Your team will include nurses, doctors, social workers, cancer research nurses, a health psychologist, a genetic counselor, registered dieticians, financial assistants, a pastoral counselor, rehabilitation therapists, complementary medicine providers and community-service representatives. Your nurse navigator will work closely with the members of your team to help you get the care and support services you need, both in and out of the hospital.

Everything you need under one roof

At the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, we have all of the services you and your family may need to handle the challenges you are facing, including:

  • Genetic counseling.
  • The Junior Board Cancer Resource Library, featuring the latest cancer information.
  • The library also lends DVD movies, and has a selection of children’s books.
  • Health psychologists.
  • Nutritionists.
  • Care-management teams that include oncology nurses and social workers.
  • Pain-management counseling.
  • Pastoral counselors.
  • Support groups.
  • Nutrition classes.
  • Rehabilitation services.
  • Simply You Boutique, featuring wigs and prostheses.
  • The tranquil DuPont Garden, a place to relax between appointments.
  • Information and representatives from the American Cancer Society, Wellness Community Delaware, hospice, Cancer Care Connection and other community resources for you in Delaware.
  • A continuous-loop shuttle transports patients to Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute from Christiana Hospital and the Medical Arts Pavilions.
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