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Our expertise in pediatric anatomy and physiology allow us to provide a level of accuracy and insight that conventional radiologists are often unable to provide in pediatric cases.

Pediatric Procedures: Why Choose Johns Hopkins?

The Interventional Radiology team will make every attempt to perform your child’s procedure in a timely manner, but sometimes emergencies occur that can delay your child’s procedure or treatment. Emergencies must be handled immediately and cannot be predicted. Please be patient with the Interventional Radiology team as we work to accommodate your child’s needs. Our team is dedicated to providing the best care for your child, and for all of our patients.

Fast Facts About Radiation

As a parent, you may have concerns about radiation exposure. Our children’s hospital takes every precaution to make sure your child is safe. Our goal is to do the procedure correctly and thoroughly, while exposing your child to the smallest amount of radiation necessary to complete the procedure.

Advances in equipment and imaging have lowered the amount of radiation your child will receive. All of the equipment is inspected regularly. 

A Parent’s/Guardian’s Role During the Procedure

We welcome your help and support before and after the procedure. The most important role of a parent and guardian is to help your child stay calm and relaxed before the procedure.

  • The best way to help your child stay calm is for you to stay calm.
  • We encourage you to talk to your child and hold his or her hand before the procedure.
  • We welcome your questions, but please ask them either before or after the procedure.
  • Before entering the IR procedure room, you will be asked to put on a disposable zip-up garment ("bunny suit") over your clothes to protect the sterile environment in the room.
  • If sedation medication is needed for your child's IR procedure, you may stay with your child as the medication takes effect. You then will be escorted to the waiting area.

If at any time before or during your child's procedure, or while the sedation medication is taking effect, you or the IR doctor feel it would be best for you to leave the room, a staff member will escort you to the waiting area.

After the Procedure

The IR doctor will provide a written report of the results of your child’s IR procedure or treatment to the doctor who prescribed it. You should contact your doctor to get the results of your child’s procedure.  Results often are not available on the same day the IR procedure or treatment was done.

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