Interventional Radiology & Endoscopy
About Interventional Radiology & Endoscopy at AMC
Interventional Radiology and Interventional Endoscopy are technologies that are currently well established in human medicine. The Animal Medical Center is the first facility to implement a complete interventional service for veterinary patients. Our Interventional Veterinarians refine procedures currently used in people, tailoring the tremendous potential of these techniques to treat serious pet maladies.
Disorders treated interventionally at 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 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 conditions such as:
- Dog and cat urinary tract infections
- Dog incontinence
- Kidney stones
- Respiratory tumors
- Nephrostomy 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 high risk of 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.
Many of these interventional procedures are considered the standard-of-care in human medicine and the veterinary uses of these techniques are expanding as these modalities are becoming more widely available.
AMC’s Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy Service offers care to a wide range of patients – from pocket pets to zoo animals! Please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation if you think your pet might benefit from our help.