Pediatric Interventional Radiology
Having a sick child can be overwhelming – and no fun for your child, either. With interventional radiology, our physicians use imaging to perform a variety of minimally-invasive procedures with less pain, less risk and quicker recovery time than regular surgery – helping your little one get back to the business of childhood.
Our experienced team of SLUCare Physician Group Vascular Interventional Radiologists at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital are board-certified physicians with advanced training in delivering minimally invasive therapies. Guided by imaging tools such as fluoroscopy, computed tomography, and ultrasound, serious medical conditions such as vascular malformations, blood clots, and certain cancers can be treated non-surgically by our specialists.
Procedures We Perform
Our specially trained pediatric interventional radiologists perform image-guided procedures to assess disease and deliver targeted treatments. Because our state-of-the-art equipment allows us to deliver treatment precisely to a diseased area, we can reduce the risk of side effects in other parts of the body.
Common procedures include:
- Access, such as line placement or angiograms
- Arterial interventions
- Venous interventions
- Vascular malformation treatment
- Feeding tubes
- Trauma services
Benefits of Minimally-Invasive Procedures
Having a minimally-invasive interventional radiology procedure reduces the risk of complications or infections, minimizes pain and speeds recovery time for your child compared to traditional surgical techniques. Patients generally go home the same day as their procedure and return to normal activities within 1-2 days.
Other benefits include:
- Shorter recovery time
- Higher levels of safety and efficiency
- Less painful than open surgery
- Small incision that usually requires no stitches and causes less scarring
- Many procedures can be done on an outpatient basis
As a premier pediatric radiology department, we offer a full range of specialized interventional radiology procedures. For more information or to schedule a consultation with a dedicated nurse navigator call 314-268-5558.