How the Global Shortage of Contrast Media Affects CT Scans

May 23, 2022

Dear Howard Memorial Hospital Patients,

Due to COVID-19 related supply chain disruptions in China, all hospitals in the United States are experiencing a shortage of contrast media used to perform CT scans. Due to this shortage, our ability to perform contrasted exams will be limited to critical cases until these supply chain issues are corrected.

Howard Memorial Hospital is exploring various strategies to conserve contrast, including utilizing non-contrast exams, other imaging technologies, and postponing non-emergency scans. We are working with your Providers to make sure that you, our patients, continue to get the best care possible during these unprecedented times. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 870-845-8077.

Howard Memorial Hospital Radiology Department