Angiography in children is different than in adults, because children have smaller and more delicate blood vessels. Our interventional radiologists and neuroradiologists are highly trained in using the specialized techniques and small catheters necessary for performing this procedure in children.
We are one of the few centers in the world that specialize in minimally invasive, image-guided treatments for aneurysms and disorders of the brain, head, neck and spine in babies and children. Learn more.
New ways of treating and diagnosing vascular malformations
Vascular malformations are tangled and misrouted arteries and veins, which cause pain, swelling, and disfigurement. Because Children's operates a world-famous Vascular Anomalies Center, we have extensive experience in using interventional techniques to evaluate and treat abnormal blood vessels without the need for surgery.
We also specialize in:
Pediatric tumor diagnosis and therapy
Radiofrequency ablation, a technique in which an electrode is delivered through a needle to "burn" bone lesions and tumors.
We use the latest imaging equipment to perform the diagnostic or therapeutic procedure your child needs. Our facilities include:
Three procedure rooms: Two with biplane Siemens flat panel angiography systems and one with a single-plane Siemens flat panel angiography system
Three Siemens Antares ultrasound machines
Two mobile SonoSite ultrasound machines
Laser and radiofrequency machines
A dedicated Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
Focus on Safety
Most interventional radiology procedures rely on X-ray technology, which exposes patients to ionizing radiation. Because children are more sensitive to radiation than adults, we have adapted our equipment and protocols to keep radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievable (the ALARA standard). We have been leaders in adjusting equipment and procedures to deliver the lowest possible dose to young patients.
Two of our faculty were founding members of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging (Image Gently).