For some procedures, Hope Veterinary Specialists offers interventional radiology (IR) to provide advanced therapies for your dog or cat in a minimally invasive fashion, resulting in smaller surgical incisions or no incisions and significantly decreasing recovery time.

Advanced imaging techniques such as ultrasonography, fluoroscopy (real-time continuous x-ray), computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging are used to allow precise placement of surgical instruments to clear obstructions and place therapeutic devices. Compared to more traditional surgical approaches, IR provides:

  • Decreased postoperative pain
  • Decreased surgical time
  • Shorter hospitalization period
  • Faster postoperative recovery

Additionally, with some disease conditions, IR procedures may be the only viable treatment option.

Hope VS is one of the only facilities in the region to offer both IR and interventional cardiology services. Our team is made up of radiologists, surgeons, internists, and cardiologists with advanced training in interventional procedures, who work together to improve treatment outcomes for pets and pet owners. The service does not have specific service hours, however, we are available during normal business hours for consultations with clients and referring veterinarians. We are also available on an emergency basis because we recognize that certain disease processes require emergency treatment.

We currently perform IR and interventional cardiology procedures for the following conditions:

  • Airway disease
    • Tracheal stenting for tracheal collapse
    • Stenting or balloon dilation for nasopharyngeal stenosis


Placement of a tracheal stent for life-threatening airway obstruction secondary to tracheal collapse.

  • Urinary tract obstructions
    • Urethral stenting
    • Ureteral stenting


Placement of a urethral stent relieved a urinary tract obstruction secondary to a prostate tumor. This allowed the patient to urinate again and proceed with radiation therapy for the tumor.


Placement of bilateral ureteral stents to relieve bilateral ureteral obstructions secondary to multiple stones.

  • Cardiac disease
    • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) occlusion
    • Pulmonic stenosis ballooning


Intravascular placement of an Amplatz ductal occluder for attenuation of a PDA.

We have been completely happy with all of the care our dog has received at Hope. Dr. Cerroni took her time explaining everything to us afterwards, and we are extremely happy with the care she has provided, even more so once she explained how some of her procedures differ a little from what others may do, and why, and how it is a benefit to us and our dog. 

Jodi Mohn | Leola, PA