Background: The objective of this study is the evaluation of routine chest radiography following the placement of Implantable venous access port catheter (IVAPC) central lines using combined ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance by a vascular surgeon in the operating room.
Material and method: A prospective study of 189 consecutive patients who underwent IVAPC central line insertion in the vascular surgery operating room from 2016 to 2019. Venipuncture was performed with an 18-gauge needle under the guidance of sonography in each case, and the access site was noted. The line position was confirmed by fluoroscopy following the procedure. Multiple tries for puncture and patients under 18 were excluded from our study. Routine radiography of chest was performed for all patients and pneumothorax, hemothorax, and catheter malposition were evaluated in each case.
Results: There were 2 cases of asymptomatic pneumothorax, no cases of hemothorax, and all catheter tip positions were optimal or acceptable. The annual cost of chest radiography was 33,000,000IRR, 220 h of hospital and staff time, and 1.1 mSv radiation.
Conclusion: In conclusion, when imaging guidance is used for IVAPC insertion by an experienced surgeon in a high-volume center, performing post-procedure routine chest radiography shows little benefit.Reference:
Ghoddusi Johari H, Saki MR, Erfani A, Shahriarirad R, Ranjbar K. The role of routine chest radiography after implantable venous access port catheter insertion under the guide of ultrasonography and fluoroscopy. Cost Eff Resour Alloc. 2022 Aug 23;20(1):43. doi: 10.1186/s12962-022-00382-z. PMID: 35999553; PMCID: PMC9396776.