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Chest Imaging

E3282. Radiologic Assessment of Esophageal Medical Devices

Clark A,  Rupasov A,  Bhatt S. University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

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Background Information: As the development and use of medical devices increases, familiarity with the expected radiologic appearance of these devices provides valuable insights. The purpose of this exhibit is to review the basic principles, radiographic appearance, and complications of esophageal devices in current clinical use.

Educational Goals/Teaching Points: The educational goals are to review the radiographic appearance of various esophageal medical devices across various modalities, including radiography, fluoroscopy, and CT; and to review the function of each device and recognize the complications associated with its use.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques: The presented devices are divided into airway adjuncts, diagnostic devices, therapeutic devices, and miscellaneous, including malpositioned and retained devices.

Conclusion: Implanted and inserted esophageal devices can range from subtle to obvious. It is important for radiologists to be able to correctly identify these devices, assess their positioning, and to be vigilant of their complications.