Medical Imaging

Angiography > Exams & Procedures > Chest Drain Insertion

This procedure is done to remove excess fluid collection in the chest (pleural space). Ultrasound is used to best visualize the fluid collection in the chest. Local anaesthetic is given to numb the area and then a small, flexible tube is left in the chest to continuously drain the excess fluid. It will be secured to the skin with an anchoring device. If you are on blood thinners, it is important to let us know so appropriate blood work can be performed.

This procedure takes about 1/2 hour.