Welcome to Interventional Radiology
Our Interventional Radiology (IR) service is composed of a team of specialists in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, cardiology and radiology who bring expertise to perform minimally invasive procedures to treat various respiratory, urinary, gastrointestinal, liver and vascular diseases with reduced pain and faster recovery times.
Minimally invasive procedures are a result of the desire of veterinarians and pet owners to improve quality of care while at the same time decreasing pain and complications associated with traditional treatment techniques. Procedures are typically performed through a blood vessel or a natural opening (such as the nose or urethra) and are occasionally performed through a small incision. In addition, our team can offer palliative or life-saving procedures when there are no traditional treatments available. We use a range of specialized state-of-the-art equipment, including a high-definition fluoroscopy unit, advanced endoscopy equipment, and a holmium: YAG laser. Our Interventional Radiology suite is one of the most well-equipped in the Southeast.
The procedures we perform may:
- Decrease complications and mortality and hasten recovery compared to traditional treatments
- Shorten anesthesia time
- Reduce hospital stays
- Lower costs
- Allow for treatment of previously untreatable diseases
If you are referred to the UGA IR service, we will work to achieve a diagnosis and discuss the most appropriate treatment for your pet. The estimated cost, risks, and benefits of each procedure will be discussed with you during your visit.
Patient Success Story: Lucy
8-month-old Wheaten Terrier
Owned by Don Heim
"Lucy had been dribbling urine since she was adopted at 8 weeks of age. She was referred to the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital. ... After the procedure, Lucy’s incontinence resolved."
Patient Success Story: Charlie
Owned by Ailin Corella
"... Charlie’s prostate tumor began to obstruct his ability to pass urine. He was immediately admitted to the emergency service at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The next day, the Hospital’s Interventional Radiology (IR) service placed a urethral stent."