Delay in Some CT Appointments

UCSF is experiencing a shortage of IV contrast material due to a COVID-19 shutdown in Shanghai, China, where the material is made.

Contrast is given to patients before some radiology imaging exams to highlight features in the image and to help radiologists diagnose medical conditions.

If your doctor ordered a CT exam with IV contrast for you, you may receive a CT exam without IV contrast instead. Some routine CT exams with IV contrast may experience a delay in scheduling.

Alternatives to CT exams with contrast include: CT scans without contrast or other exam types such as ultrasound, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and nuclear medicine imaging.  Talk to your doctor about which might be appropriate for you. 

Thank you for your understanding. UCSF is committed to providing you with excellent imaging care.