Venous Access Device Placement with Imaging Guidance
Certain medical conditions sometimes require patients to have access to their bloodstream for multiple reasons. A central venous catheter is a small tube that is inserted underneath you skin so that there is a simple, pain free way for doctors or nurses to draw blood and give you medications or nutrients. When you have a central venous access catheter you are spared the irritation and discomfort of repeated needle sticks. There are several different types of central venous access catheters including tunneled catheters such as a Hickman or peripherally inserted catheters a PICC, or an implantable chest or arm port. These are regularly used in patients who are getting long term chemotherapy treatments, long term infusions of antibiotics, nutritional supplements or hemodialysis.
In the past surgery was required to insert these tubes, however, today this can be done without surgery by an interventional radiologist. 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.