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Placement of PICC Lines

ImageCare Radiology provides placement of PICC lines. Our team specializes in the insertion of PICC lines, which are essential for long-term intravenous treatments.Close up of the inside of an arm with a PICC line inserted and a gloved hand holding it for inspection

What is a PICC Line?

A PICC line, or a peripherally inserted central catheter, is a flexible tube placed into a peripheral vein and carefully threaded into a central vein near the heart. This vital medical device is a preferred method for long-term intravenous access, allowing healthcare providers to administer medications, fluids, and nutrients directly into the bloodstream and to draw blood for tests without multiple needle sticks. PICC lines can remain in place for extended periods, typically 2-3 months, and sometimes longer if properly cared for.

What are the Benefits of a PICC Line?

PICC lines offer several benefits over traditional IV lines:

  • Versatile use: They are suitable for a wide range of treatments, including chemotherapy, antibiotics, and nutritional therapy.
  •  Reduced discomfort: Patients experience less discomfort as PICC lines reduce the frequency of needle sticks for medication administration or blood sampling.
    Longevity: PICC lines can stay in place for an extended period, which is ideal for patients with chronic conditions or those undergoing prolonged treatment courses.
  • Home care: PICC lines can be managed at home, offering patients more freedom and comfort, and reducing hospital visits.

How Does a PICC Line Procedure Work?

The procedure to place a PICC line is minimally invasive and efficient. A radiologist or trained physician’s assistant (PA) begins by numbing the insertion area with a local anesthetic. Using ultrasound to guide them, they insert the PICC line into a vein in the arm and advance it toward the larger veins near the heart. Once in place, the catheter is secured to the skin with sutures and covered with a sterile dressing. A final X-ray confirms the correct placement. The entire process typically lasts around 20 minutes, and patients usually report minimal discomfort.

Contact Us for a PICC Line Placement Procedure

ImageCare Radiology has numerous locations, making our specialized services widely accessible. If you or someone you know requires a PICC line, our expert team is here to help.

Contact us today to schedule your PICC line placement procedure. Our staff will guide you through the process with the utmost care and professionalism, ensuring your experience is as comfortable as possible. Trust in ImageCare Radiology for your long-term intravenous treatment needs, where patient comfort and quality care come first.