Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Interventional Radiology - Original Article

CT-guided gastrostomy tube placement—a single center case series


Department of Radiology, University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri, USA


Department of Radiology, Division of Interventional Radiology, University of Missouri- Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri, USA


Department of Radiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas , USA

Diagn Interv Radiol 2020; 26: 464-469
DOI: 10.5152/dir.2020.19471
Read: 128 Downloads: 60 Published: 21 July 2020


The role of computed tomography (CT)-guided gastrostomy tube placement is still evolving. It is a valuable alternative to guide gastrostomy tube placement in a few selected patients, who are not candidates for the established endoscopy- or fluoroscopy-guided gastrostomy tube placement. Our objective was to describe our institutional experience placing gastrostomy tubes using CT guidance and to conduct a review of literature for similar studies to provide the best current evidence on success rates and complications.



We identified gastrostomy tubes placed under CT guidance at our institution using a comprehensive case log. We also identified studies in the literature, through a systematic search of PubMed. In both the local and literature analyses, we recorded success and complication rates.



A total of 31 patients underwent 33 attempted CT-guided gastrostomy tube placements at our institution, with 32 successful procedures yielding a success rate of 97%. The overall rate of successful gastrostomy tube placement using CT-guidance was 94.9% (634/668), as reported in the existing literature.



CT-guidance is an effective method for gastrostomy tube placement and may play an important role in patients for whom endoscopic or fluoroscopic gastrostomy tube placement is not feasible.


You may cite this article as: Yasin JT, Schuchardt PA, Atkins N, et al. CT-guided gastrostomy tube placement—a single center case series. Diagn Interv Radiol 2020; 26:464–469

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