Widely used in human medicine, interventional radiology is just beginning to be applied to veterinary medicine—and Long Island Veterinary Specialists is at the forefront of this advanced, minimally invasive way to treat a broad range of health issues.
Interventional radiology involves using fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT, MRI, and endoscopy to access and treat specific parts of the body without surgery. For example, we can use catheters, stents and other devices to improve blood flow to certain organs, or safely deliver drugs directly to a cancerous tumor.
Because it’s minimally invasive, pets experience less pain, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery times. Plus, interventional radiology is often more cost-effective than surgery, it offers a less-risky treatment option for conditions that have poor outcomes associated with traditional surgical intervention, and it allows us to treat many diseases in small animals that were previously difficult to treat.
A non-surgical approach to treatment
The conditions we can treat with interventional radiology
- Heart disease
- Kidney and urinary tract disorders
- Disorders of the lung and windpipe, including tracheal collapse
- Certain forms of liver disease
- Many forms of cancer by delivering drugs directly to cancerous tissues