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Important message regarding global shortage of contrast media for imaging services

May 23, 2022 News Releases

The global shortage of iodinated contrast media is affecting our hospital system as there have been temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, halting all production. Main Line Health is following the Pennsylvania Department of Health recommendations and taking the steps to preserve supply to ensure that contrast is available for time-sensitive and life saving diagnoses in the coming weeks.

The shortage is expected to last at least several weeks, and possibly into July.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

Main Line Health is working cross-functionally to develop pathways and guidelines to decrease contrast use and waste. The needs of our patients is our top priority. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

We are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supply is available for emergent exams and time sensitive cases. During this time, we will be postponing some of the procedures listed below to make sure contrast is available for our emergent lifesaving procedures:

  • Non-urgent Cardiac catheterization
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Pain procedures
  • Some urological procedures that use contrast
  • Some general surgery procedures that use contrast

Main Line Health will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we continue to provide safe compassionate care to our patients and the community.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.

Frequently asked questions

What is iodinated contrast and what is it used for?

Contrast is used to enhance the ability to see blood vessels and organs on medical images such as X-Rays or computed tomography (CT) scans.

When did the supply chain issue start? When can we expect the contrast media to be in stock?

On April 29th, 2022, GE informed Main Line Health that they were experiencing severe CT Contrast Medium shortages due to the COVID-19 restrictions in Shanghai. The temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions are halting all production. GE anticipates this shortage to last through July 2022.

How does the contrast shortage affect me?

If you have a procedure with Main Line Health that requires iodinated contrast medium, we may reschedule your exam until further notice. Our conservation strategy currently addresses the care of urgent/emergent cases that are life threatening for diagnosis and treatment.

We are also employing some studies without contrast that we would usually do with contrast, if we believe there is no significant difference in the exam.

Are you postponing my scan? If so, are there other types of exams I can get?

In order to conserve our contrast for emergent and urgent cases such as heart attacks, aneurysms and strokes, we are postponing all elective cases requiring contrast that are not life threatening. Please connect with your provider to discuss other types of exams that might be available such as MRIs or ultrasounds.

When am I going to be able to get my exam?

We are hopeful our inventory will stabilize in mid-June, so our patients can reschedule their procedures and exams. We will keep you updated as our supplies improve.

I need an exam right away. Do I have any options?

Yes, please speak with your ordering provider. They will follow the escalation path for urgent and emergent studies that we have in place.

If Main Line Health doesn't have contrast media, can I just go somewhere else for my CT?

GE is a national supplier for contrast medium and this supply chain issue is impacting all hospitals throughout the United States and local areas.

I have questions about my specific situation. Who should I talk to?

Please refer to your ordering provider about your concerns.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health's commitment—to deliver advanced medicine for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to be the region's premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 10,000 employees, 3,000 nurses and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health System.

At Main Line Health's core are four of the region's most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation's premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region's largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care, and service, including U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, System Magnet® designation; the nation's highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has embraced the American Hospital Association's #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education, and research to help patients stay healthy and live their best lives.

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Contact

Samantha Krouse
Manager, Communications
Office: 484.580.1059
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