The future in Interventional Radiology

In a field where only 200 clinicians exist worldwide, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network has welcomed their first Postgraduate Fellow in Interventional Radiology.

Kish Minhas (centre) commenced at SCHN recently after beginning his career in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

He will now spend the next year working alongside Dr David Lord and Dr Murthy Chennapragada in the Interventional Radiology department at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Dr John Pereira at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

Interventional Radiology (IR) works by using minimally invasive techniques such as x-rays and MRI’s to navigate small instruments through blood vessels to treat a variety of diseases.

While these procedures have been used for decades on adult patients, IR is a relatively new practice in paediatrics.

Mr Minhas is the first trainee Paediatric Interventional Radiologist in the country and said he was honoured to be working in such an exciting field.

“The procedures we are using are minimally invasive, we cut tiny incisions into the child and insert some wires so we can watch on a screen what is happening,” he said.

“This means a much easier procedure for the child and a quicker recovery.

“Using IR means children can go home much earlier than expected – sometimes even on the same day they were treated.” Mr Minhas said. 

IR is typically used in liver transplant patients and patients with vascular anomalies.

Dr David Lord said it was great to see the field expanding.

“Previously the only training for a specialist in this area was by travelling overseas.

"By offering local opportunities, our Network increases the access for children to doctors with training in this vital field - it’s a very exciting time for us.”