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Never let a good crisis go to waste
From iodine contrast shortage to environmental sustainability
By Joanne D. Schuijf, PhD.
June 16, 2022
Dr. Joanne Schuijf is a Clinical Research Manager working as a member of the Global Research & Development Center at Canon Medical Systems Europe. She is an expert on cardiovascular imaging with over 15 years of experience in the field.
At the time of writing, many imaging centers in the USA and elsewhere have been dealing with a shortage of iodinated contrast, which is crucial for contrast-enhanced CT. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, a key manufacturing facility was forced to temporarily shut down, causing an almost immediate global shortage of iodinated contrast. Hospitals responded rapidly with various mitigation strategies to maintain care as much as possible. Production has meanwhile resumed, but local shortages are expected to last for weeks to come. Moreover, the contrast agent shortage and rapid implementation of strategies to reduce the administration and waste of contrast materials highlight the need to critically review our approach to contrast utilization in radiology. We need to become less vulnerable to shortages in the short-term and strive for sustainability in the long run.
In this article, I’ll discuss the benefits of contrast reduction from a patient, financial and environmental perspective. In addition, I’ll list several ways how technological advancements can help you reduce the amount of contrast administered.
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