Children’s Debuts Advanced Interventional Radiology Suite
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta unveiled an Interventional Radiology suite at the Children’s at Egleston campus. The suite, similar to one housed at Children’s at Scottish Rite, features the most advanced pediatric imaging equipment available for Interventional Radiology in Atlanta and will assist radiologists in performing complex, minimally invasive procedures that allow faster recovery times for patients.
“The image quality and treatment options afforded by this technology enhance diagnostics and also provide treatment options for serious medical conditions through venograms, embolization, sclerotherapy, thrombolysis, cholangiography and biliary drainage, joint aspiration or injection, nephrostograms, nephrostomies and more,” said Melinda Dobbs, manager of Radiology at Children’s at Egleston.
Interventional Radiology delivers treatment through catheters or tiny instruments inserted into the body with the aid of computed tomography (CT), fluoroscopy (X-ray) or ultrasound. It is commonly used to perform biopsies and to place shunts, feeding and drainage tubes, and peripherally inserted catheters (PICCs). Interventional Radiology also offers an alternative to surgery for serious medical conditions such as vascular malformations, blood clots and kidney or liver abnormalities. While the advanced suite is new to Children’s at Egleston, the Radiology teams at Children’s have long averaged more than 2,000 minimally invasive, image-guided procedures annually.
To maximize patient access to interventional procedures, Children’s is actively recruiting a full-time interventional radiologist for Children’s at Egleston.