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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.
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
- 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.