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.

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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 Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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What to Bring
  • your photo ID
  • insurance and/or Medicaid cards
  • referral from your referring physician (if required by your insurance)
  • co-payment, if applicable
  • legal guardianship or custody papers if you are not the patient’s parent
If available, please provide:
  • preferred pharmacy contact information
  • names and dosages of all medications your child is taking (including over-the-counter medications)
  • name and number of your primary care physician
  • parent (and child’s) social security numbers
  • parent work information (address, telephone numbers)
  • immigration information (if your child was not born in the United States)
  • list of prior immunizations
New Patients
  • Patient Registration (PDF)
Returning Patients
  • Release of Information (PDF)
    English | Spanish
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.

Please provide as much information as possible to Nemours prior to your evaluation with the interventional radiology team, including:

  • medical records pertaining to the condition (including history, prior scans, etc.)
  • pathology reports, if available
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
  • Patient Registration (PDF)
Returning Patient Forms
  • Release of Information (PDF)
    English | Spanish
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families

At Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, pediatric interventional radiology is performed by fellowship-trained pediatric radiologists who have expertise and experience working with children, using the latest imaging techniques and state-of-the-art equipment.

Interventional radiologists use techniques that allow them to reach and treat almost every part of the body. For bone tumors, vascular (blood or lymph vessel) tumors and other conditions, image-guided treatments can be less invasive and more effective than traditional surgical procedures.

A Team Approach to Your Child’s Care

An interventional radiologist often works as part of a team with other specialists (called "multidisciplinary groups"). These groups may include orthopedic surgeons, oncologists, otolaryngologists (ENT), plastic surgeons, urologists, dermatologists and other specialists.

They work together with you to coordinate testing and identify the most effective options available. We 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.

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Interventional Radiology at Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville

Interventional radiology procedures are performed in coordination with our pediatric affiliate and neighbor, Wolfson Children’s Hospital (ranked among the country’s best hospitals for children by U.S. News & World Report).

Wolfson Children’s Hospital is one of the many health care providers we’ve affiliated with to make it easy for your child to get Nemours’ quality of care. This unique affiliation enables us to offer 24-hour emergency, inpatient and consultation services to the babies, kids and teens of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

We understand that white rooms and large machines can be overwhelming for kids (and parents). That’s why we’ve created an inviting, calming environment where your child can feel comfortable. This helps kids feel more in control of their environment, and makes the entire experience easier for families.

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Rare or unusually complex cases may be referred to our interventional radiology specialists at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando.

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

Learn More About the Vascular Malformations Program »

Convenient Care and Support for the Entire Family

We are committed to the welfare of your child, and your whole family too. Knowing that medical conditions and treatments can be stressful, we try to ease your concerns and offer support every step of the way. Support services in Jacksonville include a Child Life program, creative therapy, a family advisory council, interpreters, a family resource library and the Ronald McDonald House across the street.

Support Services at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville

Life specialists provide:

  • care coordination: scheduling multiple appointments, tests, procedures and at-home care at convenient times and places
  • communication: keeping your primary care physician and community providers informed and in the loop
  • collaboration: helping you create a support system and connecting you with families that are on the same journey
  • patient and family education: providing information about your child’s condition, treatments, clinical trials and recent research at our resource library
  • encouragement at the hospital and clinic: offering medical play therapy and procedure/surgery demonstration to ease fears
  • advocacy: offering a voice for your child and family to secure appropriate services at school and in the community
    seminars and training

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Convenient Follow-up Appointments Closer to Home

For your convenience, some of the specialists you see at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville provide follow-up appointments at our Jacksonville South and Fleming Island locations.

Electronic Health Record: Keeping Track of Your Child’s Progress

No matter where your child receives care at Nemours, your medical team (including your primary care provider) can access your child’s medical history, test results and visit notes anytime through our award-winning electronic health record system.

You can also view parts of your child's health records, communicate with your Nemours care team, make appointments, request prescription refills and more through our MyNemours online patient portal.

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