Port Study

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?A Port study is performed when the port is not functioning properly.  Contrast material is used to visualize the port function under fluoroscopy guidance. 

Need to Know

Nice to Know
  • If you take blood thinners, such as Coumadin, or other medications, your doctor may instruct you to stop taking your medication for a period of time before the procedure.
  • Inform your physician if you are pregnant
  • Inform your physician of any allergies to contrast material
  • Your port will be accessed prior to the procedure
  • You may be given a gown to wear during the procedure
  • You can resume normal activities after the procedure


How Does It Work?

Using image-guidance from either fluoroscopy (X-rays that show motion inside your body in real-time) your doctor will inject contrast material through your port to evaluate its viability.

What Happens — Before, During, and After?

When you arrive for your procedure a clinical staff member will greet you and you will be brought into an exam room. Your port will be accessed using sterile procedure to allow the injection of contrast material through the port. You may ask any questions you may have at this time.

You will lie on your back on the exam table for this procedure. Using fluoroscopy, contrast material is injected into the port so the doctor can evaluate the ports placement and the corresponding flow of contrast.  The entire procedure takes only a few minutes to perform.  Once the procedure is complete, the site will be covered with a small dressing. 

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How Should I Prepare?

There are things you can do to make your experience more comfortable, and many of these will depend on your individual preferences. You might like to keep a list of questions or — as you’re doing now — educate yourself about the procedure.

Some other things to keep in mind in planning for this procedure include:

  • Your doctor may ask you to stop taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), or blood thinners (such as Coumadin or warfarin) for a time before the procedure

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What Should I Bring?

On the day of your procedure you should:

  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Avoid bringing jewelry or valuables
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What Are the Benefits and Risks?

The benefits of a port study could be:

  • To evaluate the port function
  • As with any procedure there is a slight risk of infection
  • Rarely there are reactions to the medication such as rash or hot flashes
  • There are risks associated with exposure to X-rays. You should discuss this with your physician.

Keep in mind that this information is general. Your radiologist is the best source of information about how these risks and benefits may apply to you.

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