LOS ANGELES - The Food and Drug Administration has sounded the alarm over a global shortage of contrast materials that are used for CT scans, MRIs and other medical imaging.
A host of other hospitals have also sent out alerts over the shortage, warning patients and consumers that they plan to ration current supplies."Due to unprecedented COVID-related supply chain disruptions in China, all hospitals in the United States are experiencing a shortage of contrast media (sometimes referred to as X-ray dye) used to perform CAT or CT scans," wrote St.
Lukes University Health Network on its website. There are several types of contrast materials. Some are fluids that are ingested, while other can be injected into a patient’s blood stream.