IV Cannulation and Contrast for Radiographers



To facilitate Radiographers to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to safely undertake intravenous cannulation and the administration of intravenous contrast via peripheral cannula.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the legal and professional implications of intravenous cannulation and administration of IV Contrast.
  • Outline the anatomy and physiology of the venous system
  • Discuss the criteria in selecting a vein and an appropriate device to use
  • Outline the principles of Aseptic Non-Touch Technique and EPIC 3 guidelines
  • Identify the contraindications of and associated complications of intravenous cannulation
  • Explain the use of contrast agents and their pharmacological and physiological characteristics and associated complications
  • Explain the assessment and management of a patient with an anaphylactic reaction.
  • Demonstrate intravenous cannulation via simulated practice


HCPC registered radiographers (Diagnostic and Therapeutic) who require this skill to carry out their role.


This 1 day workshop is a combination of theory, practical demonstration and skills development.



Following this theoretical component the participant must engage with an appropriate skilled practitioner, in his/her clinical area, to further develop the essential practical skills to undertake this person centred care activity.  This will involve supervised practice in Cannulation and completion of a minimum of 20 unassisted Intravenous Cannulation procedures, prior to being signed off as competent.

It is the responsibility of the individual participant to complete this activity in accordance with Departmental Protocols and to ensure that each procedure is recorded in their ‘Personal Intravenous Cannulation Log’ and signed by the Supervisor.


Please note, places will not be allocated until after the closing date.  You will be notified of the outcome of your application via email.


Key Areas to be Covered

  • Legal implications
  • Infection Prevention Control
  • Health& Safety issues
  • Anatomy of venous system
  • Practical skills of cannulation
  • Administration of IV contrast



Please note you will be informed in advance if there is a direct cost to you or your organisation for your attendance at this programme.

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