peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC line)

a thin, soft, long catheter (tube) that is inserted into a vein in your arm, leg or neck. The tip of the catheter is positioned in a large vein that carries blood into the heart. The PICC line is used for long-term intravenous (IV) or medications, nutrition and to take blood

a form of intravenous access that can be used for a prolonged period of time (e.g. for long chemotherapy regimens, extended antibiotic therapy, or total parenteral nutrition).

picture and archive communications system (PACS)

a system the hospital uses to save all x-ray pictures

This is an acronym used to describe the imaging department's archive (storage) computer network that stores all the images and information associated with those images. Whether your imaging exam was a "plain x-ray" examination or C.T., M.R.I. or ultrasound exam, all of these types of images can be electronically stored on a very large computer archiving network, for the purposes of permanent storage and possible retrieval at a later date for followup examination comparisons, or for other medical reasons.

port (portacath)

a small chamber with a soft top cover. It is placed under the skin on your chest. The port connects to a long, thin flexible tube that goes into a large vein just above your heart. It allows doctors and nurses to take blood and give intravenous (IV) fluids and medications

a small medical appliance that is installed beneath your skin. A catheter connects the port to a vein. Under the skin, the port has a septum through which drugs can be injected and blood samples can be drawn many times, usually with less discomfort for you than a more typical "needle stick".