Interventional Radiology

What is Interventional Radiology?

Interventional radiology involves the use of contemporary imaging methods (primarily real time video x-ray, called fluoroscopy, as well as CT and ultrasound) and novel techniques to provide less invasive treatment for a variety of medical problems.

How Can Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy Benefit My Pet?

Using these modalities, we are able to provide non-surgical, minimally invasive, alternative treatments for many disease processes. Interventional radiology is thus able to:

  • Decrease mortality rates
  • Minimize anesthesia time
  • Minimize discomfort
  • Reduce hospital stays
  • Offer additional treatment options

Interventional medicine provides options to pets in which conventional therapies are declined, not indicated, or associated with excessive morbidity or mortality. Interventional radiology also allows us to offer therapeutic options for patients with medical conditions where treatments were not previously available.

Interventional Services Offered:

  • Intra-hepatic portosystemic shunt occlusion
  • Vascular malformation occlusion
  • Vascular foreign body retrieval
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Tracheal stenting for tracheal collapse
  • Percutaneous nephrostomy
  • Urethral stenting
  • Ureteral stenting

What Should I Expect if My Pet Needs An Interventional Procedure?

Board certified specialists in internal medicine, radiology, surgery, oncology and cardiology make up the core of the VERC interventional radiology service. Taking advantage of the skill sets of multiple specialties and the most advanced equipment available ensures optimal care for your pet.

As your pet is being evaluated by one of our specialists or emergency doctors, interventional radiology therapies may be recommended. The appropriate interventional radiology team members will then become involved in your pet’s medical care.

Our Interventional Radiology Team:

Graham Burns, DVM, Diplomate ACVR (Radiology)

Sarah McMillan, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)

Erika Sox, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Courtney Watkins, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS (Surgery)