2022-06-13 16:40:07 - 16

Lack of contrast media in radiology is the subject of a webinar promoted by CBR

The current shortage of contrast media in Radiology in the face of the international scenario will be the subject of a webinar promoted by the Brazilian College of Radiology and Image Diagnosis (CBR). The webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 14th, starting at 7:30 pm, on Workplace and on official channel of CBR on Youtube.

The webinar will have a lecture by Guilherme Hohgraefe Neto with the theme "Strategies to manage the shortage of contrast media in Radiology". The speaker is a specialist in Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging by CBR and AMB, a full member of CBR and the Commission for Accreditation in Hospital Diagnostics at the College.

The presentation will be followed by a debate and a round table with the participation of radiologists Valdair Muglia, president of the CBR; Cibele Carvalho, vice-president of the College; Luciana Costa, scientific director of CBR; Adonis Manzella, coordinator of the CBR AVR course; Juliana Tapajós, director of professional defense at CBR; Marco Mello, coordinator of the CBR Magnetic Resonance and Computed Tomography Commissions; and Luís Ronan Souza, director of ABCDI.

The CBR has expressed concern about the problem. In early May, the College heard companies from the sector and issued a note with clarifications. The shortage has been caused by factors such as Covid-19, which generated: “Increase in demand, with the number of imaging tests, using contrast medium, at levels well above those observed in the pre-pandemic period. This is explained by the repressed demand during the pandemic and by investments in health, made on an emergency basis during COVID-19 (in this case, the acquisition of tomographs)”.

In addition, the Board of Directors said in the note, “there is a shortage of iodine in the world, an essential chemical element in the formulations of contrast media used in tomography”. Another factor mentioned at the time was the “provisional interruption of the supply of contrast media by one of the companies with an important share of this market”. Read the full note here.