Pediatric Service Line


“It is essential that the interventional radiologist caring for pediatric patients be familiar with the relevant spectrum of pediatric disease, and be well versed in the principles of pediatric interventions and related care.” -Kevin M. Baskin MD

The pediatric population is increasingly benefitting from advances in interventional radiology. Children are now undergoing a variety of minimally invasive image-guided procedures that were only performed in adults not too long ago. The goal of the SIR-RFS Pediatric Service Line to not only familiarize IR trainees with procedures relatively unique to Pediatric IR, including radiofrequency ablation of aneurysmal bone cysts and sclerotherapy for lymphatic malformations, but to build a curriculum for IR trainees with a focus on four major educational pillars: clinical education, imaging education, procedural education, and practice building.


Pediatric Interventions Service Line
2016-2017 Roster

Service Line Chair:
Rizwan Assad

Active Service Line Members:
Rajat Chand – SIR Pediatric Service Line Representative
Emily Ochmanek – SIR Pediatric Service Line Representative
Alex Copelan
Logan Dance
Alex Covington
Harris Chengazi
Jeremy Kim
Steven Morales
Kunal Patel
Michael Drabkin

Former Service Line Chairs:
Alex Copelan (2015-2016)

Faculty Advisor:
Kevin Baskin

Clinical Education

Imaging Protocol and Radiation Safety

Pediatric Interventional Procedures
In general, most of the techniques applied to adults can be performed in children, although the indications in children generally differ from those in adults.

Recommended Reading:

Imaging Education

Interventional radiology in the pediatric population not only provides therapeutic intervention for a wide variety of pediatrics conditions, it also requires a mastery of diagnostic pediatric imaging. Diagnostic radiology is the backbone of any interventional radiological procedure, whether in the adult or the pediatric. This section focuses on radiologic imaging of a variety of diseases/modalities that a pediatric interventionalist may encounter.

Pediatric Vascular Malformations





Special Topics

Helpful Resources:

  • Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Radiology Imaging Modules: comprehensive online learning curriculum and resource online learning curriculum and resource for pediatric radiology. The curriculum covers ‘core concepts’ in pediatric radiology and has become required course material in many radiology residency programs across North America.

  • CTisUS: Great website covering most pediatric radiology protocol

Survival Guides

Peds Survival Guides:

Click here for Pediatric Survival Guides
Topics Include:

Venous Access (non-tunneled)
Venous Access (ports, tunneled lines)
Vascular Interventions (arterial)
Vascular Interventions (venous)
Abscess Drainage
Chest Interventions
Percutaneous Cecostomy
GU Interventions
Diagnostic Cerebral
Vascular Malformations
Musculoskeletal Interventions
Interventional Oncology
Enteric Tube Placement
Enteric Dilations

Journal Primer

Other Resources


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Other Suggested Resources:
The Pediatric Interventional Radiologists must have the clinical and medical knowledge base in Pediatrics to properly treat their patients. Below are some suggested resources for maintaining and enhancing your clinical knowledge base of Pediatric medicine during Radiology Residency.

Multiple Choice Question Banks: This is a standard way of simply building your knowledge-base over the course of residency. Doing at least 10-20 questions a week is a feasible way to augment and maintain your clinical knowledge through radiology residency.

Pediatric Medicine Intensive Review Courses: Typically about 5 days in length, these courses would be a great way (after the core exam is taken) to provide a knowledge boost to get ready for a career of patient care in the pediatric population.

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