Quality and Outcomes Reports - Imaging (Radiology)
Interventional radiology volume
Why we measure it - Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of imaging where radiologists use equipment, like CT scanners or ultrasounds, to help guide them to do minimally invasive surgical procedures. This technique is called image-guided therapy. It allows the radiologists to "see" inside the body and helps them to treat various medical conditions. Sometimes this type of therapy can be combined with a surgical procedure or used instead of surgery.
What this means - Interventional radiologists have additional years of fellowship training and continue to learn the most innovative and effective techniques and therapies. Our large volumes show that our specialists have a great deal of experience treating a wide range of conditions and illnesses.
About the data - Our interventional radiologists perform a wide variety of treatments for numerous conditions. Our annual volume is in the top five for pediatric hospitals nationally.
What we're doing to provide the best care:
- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin recently added two new highly respected interventional radiologists to our radiology team.
- Patricia E. Burrows, MD, is a world renowned authority in pediatric vascular interventional radiology with a focus on blood vessel problems and malformations.
- Nghia (Jack) Vo, MD, is nationally known for his expertise in diagnostic radiology with a subspecialty in pediatric interventional and diagnostic radiology.
- We are part of the Image Gently campaign, an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging. The campaign goal is to increase awareness of the opportunities to lower radiation dose when imaging children.
- Our interventional radiology staff members are available site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Our interventional radiologists support and work on multidisciplinary teams with nearly every pediatric specialty within the hospital.
- Patients who come to our Interventional Radiology Clinic will be seen by one of our four interventional radiologists and their team. During the visit, your child's images will be looked at and new images will be taken, if needed and treatment options will be discussed.
- Our experienced technologists are comfortable working with children. They will educate you and your child about what to expect during an imaging scan. They use special techniques to help position your child to get the best image. Lead shielding is used, when needed, to protect the child's body as much as possible from radiation.
- Our Child Life specialists help calm and relax your child before, during and after a scan. They know many ways to help your child cope during a test. Distraction and relaxation techniques are often used such as listening to music, watching movies, and playing with games or toys.
- If you or your child have any concerns about a scheduled test, team members are available to speak with you to answer questions.
Patients and families:
- To schedule an appointment with our imaging department, please call Central Scheduling at (877) 607-5280 or (414) 607-5280. To schedule an appointment with interventional radiology, please call (414) 266-3152.
- Follow instructions very carefully before and after imaging tests for your child's safety and comfort.
- Referring physicians can access our specialists for consultation or transport 24 hours a day. Call our physician referral line at (800) 266-0366.
- Health care providers from outside of our southeastern Wisconsin service area are encouraged to use our web-based
e-Consult service. This service is available for non-urgent patient cases only and gives providers access to our specialists to review patient cases, obtain medical advice or second opinions, and receive care recommendations for rare symptoms and illnesses.
e-Consult is not to be used by the general public, parents/guardians or families.
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