Power Technology: How to Safely Use Ports and Central Catheters to Deliver Contrast Medium in Radiology Procedures

  • Roberto BiffiEmail author


The use of totally implantable venous access devices in radiology may be associated with a number of complications, including occlusion of the system, infection, extravasation of contrast media into the soft tissues, sub-intimal venous or myocardial injection, or serious damage to the device itself due to the high-pressure administration of contrast medium by automatic injectors (so-called “power injectors”). In this chapter state-of-the-art knowledge on this topic is presented; results of experimental and clinical studies are fully discussed, focusing on preventive measures and educational needs.


Central venous catheters Power injection CT scan Contrast medium RECIST criteria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Abdomino Pelvic SurgeryEuropean Institute of OncologyMilanItaly

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