Interventional Radiology/Endoscopy:

Interventional Radiology (IR) refers to a subspecialty of radiology in which advanced imaging techniques including ultrasound, fluoroscopy (continuous x-ray), CT, and endoscopy are utilized to guide the delivery of materials for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. This minimally invasive approach to treatment facilitates shorter hospital stays, decreased pain, and a more rapid return to function.

WAVES will be a leading provider of Interventional Radiology / Endoscopy procedures on the West Coast of Canada (and in the US). Dr. Branter will head the department and is a leader nationwide in experience with these world-class procedures to treat small animal ailments.

Through advanced imaging technology, we are now able to view nearly every structure in the body, allowing us to make comprehensive diagnoses of problems and treat animals with more targeted therapies.

Once a particular organ is imaged and a diagnosis made, our veterinarians can use a variety of catheters, coils, stents, glue or other devices to improve blood flow to certain organs, stop blood flow to other organs or safely deliver drugs directly to cancerous tissues.

Through a combination of advanced imaging equipment and expert diagnosis, our veterinarians are now able to treat diseases of the heart, kidneys, urinary tract, lung and windpipe, certain liver disease, and many forms of cancer with lower risk, less pain and a quicker recovery than with conventional surgical techniques.

Examples of the disorders treated interventionally at WAVES include: kidney, ureteral and bladder stones, tracheal collapse, various tumors, urinary incontinence, liver shunts, blood clots, nasopharyngeal stenosis, nasal bleeding, and urethra tumors/blockages.

The Advantages of Using Interventional Radiology Techniques:

IR procedures have the potential to provide alternatives for our patients in whom 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: decreased mortality rates, minimal anesthesia time and reduced hospital stays.

In addition, 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, or when the standard-of-care treatments are associated with excessive morbidity, cost, or poor outcome.

Veterinary Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology (IR) involves the use of contemporary imaging modalities (primarily video x-ray, called fluoroscopy CT scans) to gain access to different structures of the pet’s body for diagnostic and therapeutic reasons. Veterinary Interventional radiology refines similar procedures in human medicine to provide non-surgical care alternatives.

THE ADVANTAGES OF USING INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY TECHNIQUES:

IR procedures have the potential to provide alternatives for our patients in whom 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: decreased mortality rates, minimal anesthesia time and reduced hospital stays.

In addition, 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, or when the standard-of-care treatments are associated with excessive morbidity, cost, or poor outcome.


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