Venous air embolization as a complication of pressure injection of contrast media: CT findings

J Comput Assist Tomogr. Mar-Apr 1987;11(2):294-5. doi: 10.1097/00004728-198703000-00020.


Pressurized contrast medium infusion for CT carries a risk of potentially fatal air embolization if improperly or carelessly administered. Two cases of intracardiac air embolization and three cases of subclavian venous air due to faulty contrast medium administration have been seen by the authors during a 2 year period.

MeSH terms

  • Contrast Media / administration & dosage*
  • Embolism, Air / etiology*
  • Heart Ventricles / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intravenous / adverse effects*
  • Pulmonary Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Subclavian Vein / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*


  • Contrast Media