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Implanted ports are a vascular access device placed just under the skin, usually on the chest or upper arm.

These lines are used long term (can last for years); especially used in cancer patients.

Ports show up easily on x-ray and look like a round target. Unlike the port itself, the catheter coming out of the port is very fine and can be hard to see. When the letters CT show up on the x-ray it means that the port is power injectable, but not all power injectable ports have this writing on them (it depends on the manufacturer). If the letters CT are backward, then the port is turned around in the body.

This device is implanted through surgery or an interventional Radiologist.

In case of suspected dysfunction plain radiography will rule out disconnection or torsion. An injection of contrast material will show leakage or blockage of the catheter itself. Sometimes an attached thrombus, e.g. in the vena cava, can be seen.

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