Chest Radiography in the ICU: Part 2, Evaluation of Cardiovascular Lines and Other Devices
AJR :198, March 2012
Myrna C. B. Godoy Barry S. Leitman Patricia M. de Groot loannis Vlahos David P. Naidich
OBJECTIVE. In this pictorial essay, we discuss and illustrate normal and aberrant positioning of the cardiovascular support and monitoring devices frequently used in critically ill patients, including central venous catheters, pulmonary artery catheters, left atrial catheters, transvenous pacemakers, automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators, intraaortic counterpulsation balloon pump, and ventricular assist devices, as well as their inherent complications.
CONCLUSION. The radiographic evaluation of the support and monitoring devices used in patients in the ICU is important, because the potentially serious complications arising from their introduction and use are often not clinically apparent. Familiarity with normal and abnormal radiographic findings is critical for the detection of these complications.