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Research Letter
June 9, 2022

Comparison of Strategies to Conserve Iodinated Intravascular Contrast Media for Computed Tomography During a Shortage

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiology, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
  • 2Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • 3Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
JAMA. 2022;328(5):476-478. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.9879

In April 2022, a global shortage of iodinated contrast media occurred due to a COVID-19–induced supply chain disruption of GE Healthcare in Shanghai, China.1 This shortage is expected to last until at least summer of 2022 and will affect millions of examinations.

Approximately 54.4 million diagnostic imaging examinations using contrast are conducted annually in the US, including nearly all angiography and 48% of the 91.4 million computed tomography (CT) scans performed in 2019.2,3

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