Medical Imaging

Angiography > Exams & Procedures > Central Venous Access Ports (Port-a-cath)

This is a device that is implanted under the skin, usually in the chest region to deliver fluids, medication and obtain blood specimens. Local anaesthetic is given to numb the area and ultrasound is used to get access into the blood vessel near the neck. If you are on blood thinners, it is important to let us know, so appropriate blood work can be done prior to the procedure.

This procedure takes one to one and a half hours.