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E1225. A Case-Based Review of Airway Devices: Background, Appropriate Placement, Radiographic Appearance, and Potential Complications
Authors
  1. Blake Christianson; New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine
  2. Joanna Escalon; New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine
Background
Radiologists frequently encounter airway devices throughout the day, however many imagers feel uncomfortable with evaluating appropriate positioning. A mispositioned airway device is often not clinically apparent and can quickly have detrimental effects for the patient (1). To provide optimal care to our patients and adequate value to our providers, radiologists must familiarize ourselves with the appropriate placement of less frequently used airway devices in addition to those we encounter regularly.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
This educational exhibit will provide a case-based approach review of common airway devices, including their background, indication, and radiographic appearance on multiple imaging modalities. Readers will identify normal and abnormal placement of these airway devices, complications that arise from improper positioning, and how to evaluate these complications radiographically.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
Endotracheal Tube: usage, placement, appropriate and mispositioned appearance on plain film and CT. Endobronchial Blocker: usage, placement, appearance on plain film. Tracheostomy: usage, placement, appearance on plain film and CT, complications. Endobronchial Valves: usage, placement, appearance on plain film and CT. Transtracheal Oxygen Catheter: usage, placement, appearance on CT. Tracheal and Endobronchial Stents: usage, placement, appearance on plain film and CT, complications.

Conclusion
This educational exhibit will review common airway devices, appropriate placement on multiple imaging modalities, and consequences that arise from improper positioning. This case-based approach will be a helpful review for the general and subspecialized radiologist, as both frequently encounter airway devices on multiple imaging modalities.