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Central Venous Access

Interventional radiologist using ultrasound and fluoroscopy techniques have become proficient in central venous access. Referrals from oncologists, infectious disease specialists and surgeons attest to the accuracy of placement, skill and few complications that interventional radiologists have encountered.

Subcutaneous Port - Placed for long term IV access and blood draws. Commonly placed in patients for chemotherapy.

Tunneled Central Access(Groshong Catheter, Hickman Catheter) - Tunneled cuffed catheter placed for short term (1-6 month) intermittent or continuous IV access.

How The Test Is Performed
All central access is performed under strict sterile conditions with the advantage of using direct visualization via ultrasound and fluoroscopy. After local anesthetic and conscious sedation a small puncture is made in the jugular vein and a small catheter is placed at the top of the heart in the superior vena cava. A small tunnel is created and either a catheter or a port is placed.

Inform The Technologist If:
Drug allergies.

Time Allotment:
One hour.

After Your Exam:
Monitoring occurs for approximately one hour post procedure. Risk of the procedure include small risk of infection and small risk of bleeding.

Patient Education:
Patients will be given written information as to the care of their device.

Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day prior to the procedure.

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