Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Chest Imaging - Pictorial Essay

Chest X-ray in intensive care unit patients: what there is to know about thoracic devices

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Department of Radiology, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy

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Department of Medicine, Surgery and Health Science, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy

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Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria integrata di Trieste ASUGI, Trieste, Italy

Diagn Interv Radiol 2021; 27: 633-638
DOI: 10.5152/dir.2021.20497
Read: 443 Downloads: 209 Published: 09 October 2020

Critically ill patients admitted to the intensive care unit require continuous monitoring of vital functions as well as mechanical and pharmacological support, provided through different devices.  Chest radiographs play a fundamental role in monitoring the conditions of these patients and assessing the intensive-care devices after their insertion; therefore, the radiologist needs to know their normal appearance and their correct position and should be aware of the possible complications that may occur after their placement. This pictorial review illustrates the radiographic appearance of non-cardiological devices commonly used in clinical practice (central venous catheters, tunneled catheters, Swan-Ganz catheters, chest tubes, endotracheal tubes, and nasogastric tubes), their correct position and the most common complications that may occur after their placement.

You may cite this article as: Baratella E, Marrocchio C, Bozzato AM, Roman-Pognuz E, Cova MA. Chest X-ray in intensive care unit patients: what there is to know about thoracic devices. Diagn Interv Radiol 2021; 27: 633–638

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