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Shortage forces Sarnia hospital to reschedule CT scans

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Journal Staff

Patients at Sarnia’s hospital are getting Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) scans on an emergency basis only.

Bluewater Health has been impacted by an international shortage of a solution used in CT scans, known as iodinated contrast. The manufacturer has said not to expect any more for at least three weeks, the hospital said.

To ration supplies, scans are being prioritized for stroke, trauma and other emergency patients.

Non-emergency appointments are being rescheduled.

The hospital said the solution shortage does not impact MRI exams, ultrasounds, or X-rays.

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