Medical Imaging

Angiography > Exams & Procedures > Dialysis Line Insertion (Renal-Hemodialysis)

This procedure is performed to assist with hemodialyis for patients who have a problem with kidney function. A double lumen (two channel) catheter is inserted into a blood vessel (venous) near the neck. Local anaesthetic is given to numb the area and the catheter is placed with ultrasound guidance.

There is no special preparation for this test. However, if you are on blood thinners, aspirin, coumadin, tyclid, Plavix or Aggrenox, please stop taking this medication one week before, but only with your doctor's approval. A blood test may be taken when you are in the hospital.

The procedure takes about 1/2 hour.