Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology (IR) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides a full range of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures in infants, children, and adolescents. Interventional Radiology EmployeesSpecially trained pediatric interventional radiologists perform minimally invasive interventions using imaging tools to guide their procedures.

Your interventional radiologist will work closely with your primary care or other physician to be sure your child receives the best possible care.

IR in children has reduced the need for open surgery in many conditions, providing minimally invasive alternatives. Our facilities were created to provide specialized care for children. There are three IR suites at the Main Campus, each with state-of -the-art imaging equipment.

A high level of care is made possible by the teamwork of our dedicated and highly trained staff, which includes interventional radiologists, registered nurses, radiologic technologists, physician assistants, core technicians, nurse practitioners, clinical coordinators, and sedation physicians.

Procedures we offer

Interventional Radiology at CHOP offers the following procedures. To learn more about a specific procedure, click the appropriate link.

Due to the wide variety of procedures performed, instructions for all procedures are not provided here. If you have questions about a procedure not listed above, please call the Interventional Radiology Nurse scheduler at 215-590-7000 (press #1 at the first prompt, press #2 at the second prompt).

IR Scheduling and Arrival

If your physician has told you that your child needs to have an Interventional Radiology procedure, please call the IR nurse scheduler at 215-590-7000 (press #1 at the first prompt, press #2 at the second prompt).

You will be asked some questions regarding your child's medical history, including medications the child is currently taking and previous responses to sedation or anesthesia. Together you and the nurse will schedule a time for the procedure to be done. If you have any questions regarding the procedure or the sedation, please feel free to ask the nurse at this time.

Your doctor or an IR nurse will advise you of any special instructions or preparations. In most cases, your child will not be able to eat or drink prior to the procedure. This is especially necessary when sedation or anesthesia is planned. You will receive a letter approximately 2 weeks prior to the procedure which will give you instructions for the day of your procedure. It is important that you put this letter in a safe place because you will receive no other correspondence from IR. It is also important that you arrive on time. Failure to do so can result in cancellation of your child's procedure. You will need to let the IR team know if your child has any special needs. Our goal is to make this experience as stress free as possible for you and your child.

What do I do if I am not the child's legal guardian?

Only a child's parent or legal guardian can give permission for a procedure in Interventional Radiology. If you are not a parent but a legal guardian we require that you provide to us, on the day of surgery, a copy of the court order that states you are the child's legal guardian and can give permission for medical care. If you do not have this form we will not be able to get consent, therefore we will not be able to perform the procedure. If you are neither the parent nor the legal guardian, please inform us of this information when scheduling the procedure so we can begin the process of obtaining consent for the procedure from the appropriate person/agency.

What should you do when you arrive?

You must check in to Outpatient Registration, on the 3rd Floor of the Main Hospital, 45 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. This is where your registration process occurs.

The referring physician must fax us a copy of a procedure request form stating the exam to be done and the reason for it, or a prescription for tube changes. An Interventional exam is not scheduled without this form or prescription.

If your insurance requires a referral, it must be presented at the time of registration. Proof of insurance will also need to be provided at this time.

Once the registration process is completed, Interventional Radiology will be notified. A technologist, nurse, or core tech will come out to the central registration area and bring you and your child to a room for IV placement or other preparations.

Preparing your child

Child Life Specialists are available to answer questions you might have about how to prepare and support your child during a procedure. A child life specialist can also be present at the time of your child's appointment to explain the procedure in developmentally appropriate ways using well established preparation materials. The specialist can also be available to help implement distraction techniques to help your child better cope with the stress of the hospital experience. Please call 215-590-2001 or click the link above for more information.

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