How Global Shortages Are Delaying Routine CT Scans

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  • A global shortage of two common intravenous (IV) contrast fluids is prompting some medical facilities to delay routine imaging procedures such as CT scans,
  • Industry officials say the shortage is due to the temporary shutdown of a production facility in China.
  • Experts say the delays may impact people who need diagnostic imaging tests.
  • Medical facilities are being urged in some cases to use alternative procedures such as ultrasound technology.
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Hospitals and medical facilities around the United States are rationing intravenous (IV) contrast imaging procedures amid a global shortage.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reported shortages of two forms of contrast medium fluids known as Iohexol and Iodixanol, both commonly used in CT scans.

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