Radiologists urge GPs to cut back requests for CT scans

A global shortage of contrast media has prompted the call

GPs are being asked to consider a global shortage of contrast media when referring patients for imaging and to seek advice on the use of alternative diagnostic modalities.

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Radiologists are calling for CT scans requiring IV contrast to be reserved for high-priority patients across Australia because of the shortage brought on by COVID-19 restrictions halting supply from China.

Where possible, other imaging modalities should be used, such as patients with pulmonary embolism or gastrointestinal bleeds being investigated with