Medical Specialties

Pediatric Interventional Radiology Center

TowbinPhoenix Children's Hospital has launched the state's only dedicated pediatric interventional radiology facility. The Center for Pediatric Interventional Radiology (CPIR) provides a full menu of state-of-the-art, minimally invasive vascular and non-vascular, image-guided diagnostic procedures for children of all ages, including newborns.

Staffed by pediatric interventional technologists, nurses, and three full-time pediatric-trained interventional radiologists with a combined experience of 35 years in the field, CPIR completes procedures without open surgery, reducing morbidity and mortality, lowering costs, and making recovery faster and more comfortable. CPIR uses the latest diagnostic and radiological equipment with features exclusively for the pediatric patient, making them safe for use on even the smallest child.

Led by renowned pediatric radiologist Richard Towbin, MD, chief of radiology at Phoenix Children's Hospital, the medical team specially trained to work with youths administers minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in an environment that promotes healing and wellness in a fashion only a children's hospital can.

Providing coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year, CPIR is the only dedicated pediatric interventional radiology center in the Southwest including Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Procedures - Interventional Radiology

Below is a partial listing of our most common interventional radiology procedures at Phoenix Children's Hospital.  We are constantly adding more to this list.

  • Liver biopsy: A biopsy (removal of a small sample of tissue) from the liver. It is a medical test that is done to aid diagnosis of liver disease, to assess the severity of known liver disease, and to monitor the progress of treatment.
  • Renal biopsy: A procedure in which a sample of kidney (also called renal) tissue is obtained. Microscopic examination of the tissue can provide information needed to diagnose, monitor or treat a renal disorder.
  • Sclerotherapy: A procedure used to treat blood vessels or blood vessel malformations (vascular malformations) and also those of the lymphatic system. A medicine is injected into the vessels, which makes them shrink. It is used for children and young adults with vascular or lymphatic malformations.

Contact us

For more information on Phoenix Children's Center for Pediatric Interventional Radiology or to make a referral, please call (602) 933-1880. 

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