UAB experiences medical technology shortages

ALABAMA (WHNT) – COVID shutdowns in China are triggering source-chain issues throughout the U.S. Here…

UAB experiences medical technology shortages

ALABAMA (WHNT) – COVID shutdowns in China are triggering source-chain issues throughout the U.S. Here in Alabama, the College of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Medical center is experiencing a scarcity of distinction, the remedy applied in imaging techniques.

Distinction is a specific dye that improves what physicians can see on visuals from x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. Doctors use contrast imaging to look at trauma in the entire body and diagnose a selection of situations like strokes.

UAB Interim Main Clinical Officer Dr. Kierstin Kennedy suggests the scarcity has needed UAB physicians to discover option strategies to diagnose sufferers.

“We’re just remaining incredibly, quite careful about the place we use contrast,” Kennedy said. “If there is any possibility for a distinctive style of analyze, both a CT scan, for example, devoid of contrast, or if there is the alternative to make the diagnosis with an ultrasound or MRI, we are striving to make guaranteed that we use people study options.”

Radiologists are figuring out the cheapest dosages of contrast that can be applied and nonetheless generate exact outcomes.

Kennedy suggests the mitigation attempts are essential because some diagnoses can only be designed after making use of distinction imaging.