Medical Imaging

Angiography > Exams & Procedures > PIC Line Insertions (Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter)

This procedure involves the placement of a small catheter into the central circulation from a puncture site in the arm. It is performed on patients who have difficult intravenous access or require long-term treatment of fluids, medication and blood transfusions. It can also be used to take blood specimens. Ultrasound is used to visualize the blood vessel in the upper arm and local anaesthetic is given to numb the area. A small catheter is then left in place. It is secured to the skin with an anchoring device.

The procedure takes about 1/2 hour.

No preparation is required.