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Anesthesia for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiologic Procedures 

Anesthesia for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiologic Procedures
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Anesthesia for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiologic Procedures
Author(s):

Annie Amin

and Thomas W. Cutter

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190495756.003.0015
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date: 20 August 2019

This chapter discusses the use of anesthetics in a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic radiologic procedures. Diagnostic procedures are anatomic or functional, minimally or noninvasive, and seldom require anesthesia support; anesthesia is typically only requested for these procedures because of a patient’s physiological or psychological needs. Recognizing and addressing a patient’s comorbidities and other concerns are similar to care given in the surgical setting. The imaging environment and procedures pose additional requirements and constraints, which are unique and require specific solutions; there is frequently no single best anesthetic technique for a given procedure. Radiologists serve the critical function of deciding whether to consult the anesthesiologist or perform a procedure alone. If the decision is to proceed with moderate sedation (administered by a nonanesthesia professional), the importance of vigilant clinical monitoring cannot be understated. In all cases, the patient deserves care that is consistent with the parameters, guidelines, and standards established by the various accrediting agencies and professional societies

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