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Interventional Radiology Surgery Suite Opens

October 28, 2015

The new Interventional Radiology Surgery Suite is complete with all new equipment.

The new Interventional Radiology Surgery Suite is complete with all new equipment.

The UC Davis veterinary hospital recently opened the Interventional Radiology (IR) Surgery Suite in the Small Animal Clinic. The suite, complete with all new equipment, has elevated the type of surgeries the Soft Tissue Surgery Service is able to perform, as well as those surgeries’ quality and effectiveness. Performing as many as 10 IR procedures a week, UC Davis has the largest IR caseload of any teaching hospital.

IR is a specialty in veterinary medicine that utilizes imaging modalities (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.

The history of IR is short, beginning in early- to mid-2000s at the University of Pennsylvania. UC Davis surgeons Drs. Bill Culp, Philipp Mayhew, and Michele Steffey were all part of that team at Penn, and brought that knowledge to Davis to position the VMTH as a world leader in veterinary IR. The program continues to evolve and grow.

IR is currently being utilized as treatment of intrahepatic portosystemic shunts, ureteral obstructions, esophageal obstructions, intravascular foreign bodies and many other conditions. Being minimally invasive procedures, the surgeries allow patients to recover quicker and offer much better expectancy outcomes than invasive surgeries. The ever advancing IR procedures have opened up an entire new area of medicine that did not exist less than one generation before.

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About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the #1 world ranked School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 51,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

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