16. Diagnostic Imaging of the Critically Ill Obese Patient

  1. Ali A. El Solh MD, MPH2,3,4
  1. Venkata S. Katabathina MD,
  2. Neeraj Lalwani MD,
  3. Carlos S. Restrepo MD and
  4. Srinivasa R. Prasad MD

Published Online: 19 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119962083.ch16

Critical Care Management of the Obese Patient

Critical Care Management of the Obese Patient

How to Cite

Katabathina, V. S., Lalwani, N., Restrepo, C. S. and Prasad, S. R. (2012) Diagnostic Imaging of the Critically Ill Obese Patient, in Critical Care Management of the Obese Patient (ed A. A. El Solh), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119962083.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, USA

  2. 3

    Critical Care Western New York Healthcare System, USA

  3. 4

    Western New York Respiratory Research Center Buffalo, NY, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Radiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470655900

Online ISBN: 9781119962083



  • Imaging;
  • Ultrasound;
  • Radiography;
  • Computed tomography;
  • Magnetic resonance imaging;
  • Interventional procedures


Diagnostic imaging plays an important role in the diagnosis and follow-up of a wide spectrum of conditions that affect critically ill obese patients. However, imaging of these patients presents considerable challenges. Some common problems encountered by radiology personnel regarding this issue include selection of the best imaging modality for a given indication, transportation of the obese patient to the radiology department, accommodation of those patients on the available imaging equipment, and acquisition of diagnostic-quality images with the lowest possible radiation dose. In addition, interventional procedures on obese patients are difficult to perform and may necessitate special equipments and techniques. A thorough knowledge of the various challenges encountered during imaging and caring for critically ill obese patients and the currently available solutions to tackle them permits timely diagnosis and effective patient care.