ALABAMA (WHNT) – China’s COVID closures are causing supply chain issues across the U.S. Here in Alabama, the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Hospital has experienced a lack of diversity, the solution used in methods in imaging.
Contrast is a special dye that improves the visibility of doctors in images from x-rays, CT scans, and MRI. Doctors use contrast imaging to diagnose trauma to the body and diagnose many conditions including strokes.
UAB Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kierstin Kennedy says the scarcity requires UAB doctors to find alternative ways to diagnose patients.
“We’re just very careful about where we use the difference,” Kennedy said. “If there is any option for a different type of study, even a CT scan, for example, with no difference, or if there is an option to make the diagnosis using an ultrasound or MRI, we try to make sure that we use study options. ”
Radiologists determine the lowest dose of contrast available and can still give accurate results.
Kennedy said mitigation efforts are necessary because some diagnoses can only be made after the use of contrast imaging.