What to Expect

Pre-procedure instructions

You will be contacted days prior to the scheduled procedure by one of our IR nurses. They will give you instructions as appropriate and be able to answer your questions.

How do I prepare my child for an IR procedure?

There may be special rules about preparing for the test your child will have. Be sure to write down and follow any directions you are given. If you forget or if you have questions, call us at 832-824-9729. 

What happens during an IR procedure?

Before and during the procedure, a child-life specialist can help your child relax and feel more comfortable by providing coaching and distraction tailored to your child’s developmental level. Sometimes this helps reduce the need for sedation.

Your child may be able to have this procedure while awake, with local numbing medication at the needle site.

If your child is young or unable to lie still, he may need to be given medicine to help him relax or sleep. This is called sedation or anesthesia. Depending on the test, sedation or anesthesia may be given by mouth, shot or IV (a needle connected to a tiny tube).

If sedation is given, you will return to the waiting room during the test. What happens during the procedure and how long it takes depends on the type of procedure and type of imaging used. The average length of time is 30 minutes, but more complex procedures can take several hours. 

What happens after an IR procedure?

After the procedure, the interventional radiologist will speak to you. You will be able to see your child after the procedure. If your child receives sedation or anesthesia we will carefully monitor him until he is fully awake. We will give you instructions about any activity and dietary restrictions.