Interventional radiology (IR) is a term used to describe minimally invasive procedures, performed using image guidance and accessed through natural body orifices (e.g. the airways or urinary system) or blood vessels. This enables us to help animals by performing procedures which require less invasive surgery and therefore is associated with less post-operative pain, a shorter hospitalisation period requiring lower doses of drugs, and a more predictable bill at the end of the procedure. Generally, risks associated with IR are much lower than using traditional surgical routes.
The IR service truly draws together experts from across different disciplines within the hospital, to gather together all of our expertise; the IR service is led by Specialists in Cardiology and Soft Tissue Surgery, with support from Diagnostic Imaging, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Critical Care and Anaesthesia services. Some diseases where previously no good treatment existed can now be offered hope with IR, such as providing intra-arterial chemotherapy for inoperable tumours, or pulmonary artery stents for dogs with pulmonic stenosis and abnormal coronary artery anatomy.
As one of the only centres in the UK to offer the full spectrum of IR procedures, our uniquely experienced team can offer treatment for airway collapse (airway stents), inoperable tumours (intra-arterial chemotherapy, or chemoembolization), heart disease (PDA, pulmonic or aortic stenosis, cardiac tumours or pacemaker implantation), blood vessel obstruction due to tumours or blood clots (vascular stents), congenital portosystemic shunt treatments (for intra-hepatic shunts or extra-hepatic shunts) and urinary interventions (SUBs or urethral stents). If you would like to find out whether your pet might be suitable for an IR procedure, please ask your primary vets to contact us directly to discuss things further and we will aim to respond within one working day.