AMCS is excited to announce our development of an Interventional Radiology (IR) service as part of our already established Internal Medicine Department. Examples of the disorders diagnosed or treated interventionally include:
- Tracheal collapse
- Kidney, ureteral, and bladder stones
- Various tumors
- Canine incontinence
- Liver shunts
- Narrowing of nasal passages
- Feeding tube placement
- Esophageal disorders
IR involves the use of contemporary imaging modalities (CT scans, fluoroscopy) to gain access to different structures of the pet’s body for diagnostic and therapeutic reasons. IR procedures have the potential to provide alternatives for our patients in which 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, and reduced hospital stays.
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. IR can also be used when the current standard-of-care treatments are associated with excessive morbidity, cost, or poor outcome.
If you have a patient who you think would benefit from our IR service, please do not hesitate to call to discuss the case with Dr. Donovan.