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Programs & Services

Interventional Radiology Center

Interventional Radiology completes procedures without open surgery, which boosts survival rates, lowers costs and makes recovery faster and more comfortable. Our medical team, which is specially trained to work with children, performs minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in an environment that promotes healing and wellness.

When undergoing any IR procedure, sedation and/or general anesthesia is sometimes necessary. If your child will require sedation or general anesthesia, we will tell you before your child’s appointment.

Below is a partial listing of our most common interventional radiology procedures at Phoenix Children's:

  • Abscess Drainage: A procedure to remove infected fluid found inside the body.
  • Arteriogram/Venogram: A procedure to take pictures of the veins and arteries.
  • Biopsies: A biopsy is the removal of a small sample of tissue. We then exam the tissue under microscope to help diagnose, monitor and treat different disorders and diseases. We perform biopsies of the liver, kidney (renal), lung and other abnormal tissues.
  • Primary Gastrostomy Tube (G-Tube) Placement: A procedure to place a feeding tube on the abdomen that ends in the stomach. G-tubes are most commonly used to provide supplemental feeding, hydration, or medication.
  • Gastrojejunostomy Tube (GJ-Tube) Placement and Exchanges: A procedure to place a feeding tube on the abdomen that ends in the small intestines. GJ-tubes commonly vent air or drainage out of a child’s stomach and provide an alternate way to feed a child.
  • Nasojejunal Tube (NJ-Tube) Placement: A procedure to place a feeding tube that goes from the nose to the small intestines. NJ-tubes are commonly used to give supplemental food, hydration and medication.
  • Nephrostomy Tube Placement: A procedure to place a tube that drains urine from the kidneys.
  • Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC): A procedure to place a special intravenous catheter that can be used for an extended time, such as for chemotherapy or other ongoing treatment.
  • Port-a-cath Placement: A procedure to place a long-term catheter in a large blood vessel with a reservoir that rests under the skin on the chest.
  • Sclerotherapy: A procedure used to treat blood vessels or blood vessel malformations (also known as vascular malformations) and those of the lymphatic system. A medicine is injected into the vessels, which makes them shrink. 
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