Pediatric Interventional Radiology Procedures

Interventional radiology procedures generally are less stressful for children than alternative surgical procedures. They usually are less painful and require a shorter hospital stay, and the children need less nursing care. The recovery time is likely to be shorter too, meaning children can be out of bed sooner.

There are a number of medical conditions in infants and children that can be treated by an interventional radiologist, who works closely with the child's pediatrician or other primary care doctor. Some procedures for children that are often performed by Emory interventional radiologists include:

  • Angiography
  • Image-Guided Biopsy
  • Central Venous Access Catheters are placed to reduce the need for frequent needle sticks in children who require regular infusions of fluid, medication, or food directly into the blood stream.
  • Gastrostomy Tubes are inserted directly into the stomach or small intestine of children who are unable to take nutrition or medications by mouth.