Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy are well established tools in human medicine. The Animal Medical Center is the first veterinary facility to implement a complete interventional service. Our interventional veterinarians refine procedures currently used in people, tailoring the tremendous potential of these techniques to treat serious pet maladies. Examples of the disorders treated interventionally here at the AMC include:
- Kidney, ureteral, and bladder stones
- Tracheal collapse
- Various tumors
- Canine incontinence
- Liver shunts
- Blood clots
- Narrowing of nasal passages
- Feeding tube placement
Veterinary Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiology (IR) involves the use of contemporary imaging modalities (CT scans) to gain access to different structures of the pet’s body for diagnostic and therapeutic reasons. Veterinary radiology refines similar procedures in human medicine to provide non-surgical care alternatives.
IR procedures have the potential to provide alternatives for our patients in whom conventional therapies are declined, not indicated, or associated with excessive morbidity or mortality. Pet radiology can be applied to any body system in patients of all sizes and is associated with:
- Better patient outcomes
- Minimal anesthesia time
- Reduced hospital stays
In addition, some techniques, such as chemoembolization of tumors or palliative stenting for malignant obstructions offer treatment options for patients with various conditions that may not be amenable to standard therapies. Or when the standard-of-care treatments are associated with excessive morbidity, cost, or poor outcome.
Veterinary Interventional Endoscopy
Interventional endoscopy (IE) involves the use of endoscopic equipment with other contemporary imaging modalities, such as fluoroscopy and/or ultrasound, to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in virtually any part of the body accessed endoscopically (gastrointestinal, biliary, respiratory, urinary tract, etc).
The combination of endoscopy and fluoroscopy allows veterinary technicians to access small orifices that would otherwise require more invasive surgical techniques. For example, endoscopic procedures are used to treat:
- Dog and cat urinary tract infections
- Dog incontinence
- Kidney stones
- Respiratory tumors
- Nephrostomy tube placement, among others
Many of these interventional procedures are considered the standard-of-care in human medicine, and are currently being investigated in veterinary medicine. The uses of these techniques are expanding as these modalities are becoming more widely available.
By offering interventional medicine to our clientele, we are providing options to patients in whom conventional therapies are declined, not indicated or associated with excessive morbidity or mortality. Additionally, some of these techniques present treatment opportunities for patients with various conditions for which there may not be standard remedies. The advantages of the use of IE procedures are the minimally invasive nature of the procedures resulting in lower morbidity and shorter hospitals stays.
The interventional service offers care to a wide range of patients – from pocket pets to zoo animals! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you think your pet might benefit from our help. Learn more about our interventional procedures.