Interventional Radiology

Pediatric interventional radiology — also known as image-guided therapy — involves the use of medical imaging techniques to guide our experts as they perform procedures to diagnose and treat vascular anomalies (problems with blood and lymph vessels) and developmental structural problems, and destroy tumors. If your child needs treatment for a tumor or a vascular anomaly, we may be able to address it using image-guided therapies within interventional radiology instead of/or complementary to traditional surgery.

Pediatric Interventional Radiology: Using the latest imaging guidance to diagnose and treat diseases in children.

 
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At Nemours, we’re at the forefront of using minimally-invasive pediatric procedures — achieving the most effective treatments with the least invasive methods possible. In this way, we can help minimize your child’s discomfort, enhance healing and reduce the length of time in the hospital. These advanced techniques also help reduce risk and infection rates. Conditions that previously required open surgery can now be treated by Nemours pediatric interventional radiologists.

Interventional radiology is both a clinical and procedural branch of imaging. Our highly-trained team of experts uses image-guided techniques to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. You will be followed by a specialist in interventional radiology clinic both before and after the procedures depending on the underlying abnormality.

An imaging technique — typically ultrasound, CAT scan, or fluoroscopy — is used to produce a real-time image that helps precisely guide the pediatric interventional radiologist in performing a procedure such as:

  • inserting long IV lines (called PICCs, ports, dialysis catheters, and central lines)
  • draining an abscess (infection) in the abdomen or almost in any
    other area
  • placing a gastrostomy tube (feeding tube)
  • performing a biopsy (precisely sampling a tumor or organ),
  • treating vascular malformations and tumors including venous malformations, lymphatic
  • malformations, arteriovenous malformations and certain types of hemangiomas (abnormal build ups of blood vessels in the skin or internal organs)

We also use radiofrequency ablation and lasers to destroy tumors. Because the treatments are image-guided, they can be very precise, greatly reducing the chance of collateral damage to normal tissues, organs and skin.

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington



1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200

 
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  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, our pediatric interventional radiologists may be able to treat your child’s tumor or vascular anomaly (a problem with a blood or lymph vessel) with specialized, image-guided therapies — providing your child with the necessary care without having to go through traditional surgical procedures.

It’s all made possible by the area’s only dual-trained group of pediatric radiologists — board-certified and trained in pediatric diagnostic radiology and pediatric interventional radiology.

 
Procedures We Can Perform Using Interventional Radiology

Our team of experts uses image-guidance — typically ultrasound, fluoroscopy or XperCT (Computerized Tomography) scan and 3D guidance — to diagnose and treat diseases and tumors throughout the body. XperCT allows for up to 80% radiation dose reduction of traditional CT and 3D guidance provides for precision that has helped revolutionize medical imaging.

These procedures can be dramatically less invasive and more effective than traditional, open surgical procedures or any medicines currently available for specific disorders.

Procedures performed include:
  • inserting long IV lines (called PICCs, ports, dialysis catheters, and central lines)
  • draining an abscess (infection) in the abdomen or almost in any
    other area
  • placing a gastrostomy tube (feeding tube)
  • performing a biopsy (precisely sampling a tumor or organ)
  • treating vascular malformations and vascular tumors including venous malformations, lymphatic malformations, arteriovenous malformations, and certain types of hemangiomas (abnormal buildups of blood vessels in the skin or internal organs)
  • transforaminal epidural steroid injections (an injection of a long-acting steroid into the opening at the side of the spine where a nerve root exits) for musculoskeletal pain intervention
  • inserting balloon catheters and stents
  • destruction of tumors using direct chemicals including local chemotherapy, extreme cold with cryoablation, or radiofrequency ablation by heat

We also use radiofrequency ablation and lasers to destroy tumors and treat diseases. Because the treatments are image-guided, they can be very precise, greatly reducing the chance of collateral damage to normal tissues, organs, and skin.

 
Other Advanced Pediatric Medical Imaging Services Available Onsite
In addition to pediatric interventional radiology, our unique imaging services include:
  • 256-slice Brilliance iCT Scanner: A CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) or CT scan is a painless test that uses a special doughnut-shaped X-ray machine to take pictures of a certain part of your child’s body. We are one of only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country to have this latest generation CAT (or CT) scanner. This machines scans faster than most CT scanners, producing excellent images in a much shorter time with much less radiation exposure for the child.
  • Neuroradiological, Cardiovascular, and Fetal MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): Our subspecialty-trained pediatric radiologists see children with complex conditions who require this highly specialized imaging.

Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns. We have also pledged our commitment to the “Image Gently” campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.

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Working as a Team to Care for Your Child

Our pediatric interventional radiologists work closely with many different specialists and multidisciplinary groups throughout Nemours and beyond, including orthopedic specialists, oncologists, otolaryngologists (ENT), plastic surgeons, urologists, dermatologists, surgeons, and many other specialists to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for kids.

We also believe strongly in family-centered care and want you to be an active participant in the decision-making, care, and healing process for your child.

 
Your Home Away From Home at Our Hospital

Our hospital is located in a beautiful park-like setting of oaks and green lawns, and we offer free valet parking for families.

We’ve designed our patient rooms with a cheerful décor, including multicolor floors and playful animal wallpaper. Each unit houses a play area/lounge with games, TV, toys, books, tables, couches, highchairs, and computers. Kids’ rooms are equipped with a bathroom, a bulletin board to display cards or artwork, and a special touch-screen TV that offers entertainment and educational options through a program called the GetWellNetwork. And, to help you be there as much as possible for your child, our rooms allow one parent to stay with their child overnight.

We also offer a Family Resource Center and Ronald McDonald Family Room to give you some of the comforts of home, just a few short steps away from your child’s bedside. Amenities include:

  • laundry facility
  • showers
  • kitchenette
  • library with books, magazines, and DVDs
  • business center with a copier, fax machine, computers, and printers
  • three sleep rooms, equipped with a full-size bed and comfortable furniture, giving parents a peaceful respite from hospital life

The Family Resource Center and Ronald McDonald Family Room was a joint project between the hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, located right across from the hospital’s campus.

Whatever kind of surgery your child needs, know that at Nemours we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most compassionate care possible. We treat every child as we would our own — your child, our promise.