Interventional Radiology (IR)
Interventional Radiology (IR) is a specialty in veterinary medicine that utilizes imaging modalities (eg., fluoroscopy, ultrasound, computed tomography) to perform minimally invasive procedures for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. IR techniques can be used to treat a myriad of diseases, and these procedures often allow potential treatments in cases that may have previously been thought to be without options.
IR is often combined with endoscopy (tracheoscopy, bronchoscopy, urethroscopy, gastroduodenoscopy) to perform procedures as well. Interventional Endoscopy is regularly performed at UC Davis, and the diagnostic and treatment options are vast.
Currently, there are very few veterinary practices in the world performing IR procedures regularly. UC Davis is one of the world leaders in veterinary IR and the program is continually growing and evolving. IR techniques are rapidly expanding, and there are currently many different options for veterinary patients. Please consult with your veterinarian to discuss whether a minimally invasive diagnostic or therapeutic option utilizing an IR technique may be suitable for your pet. Please also browse the associated web pages for example cases and descriptions of procedures and diseases as well as research opportunities.