What is interventional radiology?
Interventional radiology is an exciting and emerging field in veterinary medicine.
These minimally invasive procedures use fluoroscopy (like a movie picture x-ray) and endoscopy (fibre optic scopes to allow visualisation inside body cavities) for diagnosis and treatment without the need for more invasive techniques.
Often times, we provide treatment of various diseases by access through a blood vessel (such as through the jugular vein in the neck) or through the inside of a body cavity like the intestinal tract, nose, or bladder. As such, treatments allow for access of diseased areas of the body without surgery or with minimally invasive surgery. These procedures may provide:
- Decreased mortality and faster recovery than traditional treatments
- Shorter anaesthesia time
- Reduced hospital stays
- Lower cost
- Ability to treat previously untreatable diseases
These techniques require high technical expertise to perform safely and effectively. Our IR service at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies includes several members of staff that are specially trained in these techniques. We are proud to be one of the few centres in the United Kingdom to offer these procedures.