Interventional radiologists can perform these procedures in the safest and most effective manner as they are trained in the use of ultrasound as well as x-rays to guide the placement of these catheters with minimal complications and high levels of success.
These catheters can be placed beneath your skin so that there is a simple, pain-free way for doctors or nurses to draw your blood or give you medications in the future. When you have a central venous access catheter you can be spared the irritation and discomfort of repeated needle sticks. In addition, several other things can be given through your catheter, depending on the type of catheter including chemotherapy, antibiotics, nutritional supplements, and hemodialylsis.
There are several different types of catheters including tunneled catheters (Hickman) as well as peripheral catheters including PICCs as well as dialysis catheters and implantable PORTS.