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Interventional Radiology

interventional-radiology Interventional Radiology (IR) refers to a range of techniques which rely on the use of radiological image guidance (such as x-ray fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT or MRI) to precisely target therapy. Most IR treatments are minimally invasive alternatives to open and laparoscopic (or keyhole) surgery.

At SVS, our team of highly skilled interventional radiology doctors and technicians are trained to manipulate and interpret the fine catheters and wires used to navigate around the body using imaging control. This unique combination of skills provides your pet the best possible treatment available.

Interventional radiology techniques can be used throughout most areas of the hospital. Some of the advantages of these minimally invasive IR techniques include reduced risk, shorter hospital stays, lower costs, greater comfort for patients and quicker recovery.

Some of the mainstream veterinary applications of IR include:

  • Tracheal stenting for collapsing trachea
  • Urethral stenting for palliative relief of malignant urethral obstructions (i.e. a tumor blocking outflow of urine from the bladder to the urethra)
  • Ureteral stenting for the management of obstructive ureterolithiasis (i.e. stones), stricture or malignancies.

All of these therapies are currently available at Specialized Veterinary Services (SVS).

Additional less commonly employed applications of IR include the following:

  • Nasopharyngeal stenting for acquired or congenital strictures
  • Intra-hepatic shunt management
  • Embolization of inaccessible tumors using local chemotherapy
  • Ectopic ureter management
  • Nasojejunal feeding tube placement

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