Central Venous Access

For patients who need frequent and ongoing access to a blood vessel, the radiologists at Advanced Radiology are able to place a vascular device—called a catheter, line or port—into the blood vessel. This makes it easy to draw blood when necessary and to administer nutrient or medical treatments directly into the blood stream. Vascular access is needed for patients receiving kidney dialysis or cancer chemotherapy. Some devices are implanted entirely under the skin, while others have an external access point. Having central venous access avoids repeated needle punctures.

Central Venous Access is available at the following Advanced Radiology locations

Call to Schedule: 203-386-3164

Stratford – 2876 Main Street, performed in Advanced Interventional Radiology department

Preparation

The radiologists at Advanced Radiology will use imaging techniques to guide the placement of your central venous access device. This is an outpatient procedure and you can resume normal activities immediately after you are released.

We use local anesthetic—no sedation.

Patients do not have to fast. No aspirin or blood thinners to be taken 5 days prior to the procedure.