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.

Education

Information for Incoming Students

Students who are not assigned to ChristianaCare for a rotation must receive initial acceptance from the department they desire to rotate in 90 days prior to the start date of their rotation.

Students who are not from an affiliated school, a student training agreement will be sent to an official at your school to sign, confirm the information below, and return to ChristianaCare.

  • A criminal background check, as performed by your school.
  • Immunizations.
    • Tetanus.
    • Measles.
    • Mumps.
    • Rubella.
    • Hepatitis B.
    • Varicella if a negative history or an unknown history of chicken pox.
    • TST skin test.
    • Influenza in accordance with ChristianaCare timeframe.
    • In its sole discretion, ChristianaCare may permit a signed declination if there is a valid reason provided.
  • School maintains liability coverage on the student. A certificate of insurance must be mailed or faxed to ChristianaCare by the school before the student can begin their rotation.
  • A letter of good standing must be mailed or faxed to ChristianaCare by the school before the student can begin their rotation.

All students must complete registration for their rotation no later than 60 days prior to the start date of their rotation. Failure to do so will result in the cancelation of your rotation. All registration materials will be sent to the student by the student coordinator at ChristianaCare. Registration includes the student to do the following:

  • Complete Student Registration for Institutional ID number.
  • Complete Student Information form.
  • Review the Non-Employee Manual.
  • Complete Student Confidentiality and Security Agreement through ChristianaCare LearningSpace.
  • Complete Medical Student Onboarding Modules through ChristianaCare LearningSpace.

All students must abide by the rules and regulations of the department through which they are rotating at ChristianaCare. Students are required to wear their medical school identification badge while on rotation at ChristianaCare.

Any questions about the above requirements can be directed to UME at UME@christianacare.org