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The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center continually strives to be the best, and it now has newly renovated leading-edge facilities to excel in that quest.
Approximately nine months of facility renovations has led to completion this month of over 4,600 square feet of state-of-the-art space in our patient care and client service areas. The space includes four new small animal exam rooms; a small animal internal medicine diagnostic and treatment suite, with a student-learning center; an oncology diagnostic, treatment and teaching suite, with adjacent chemotherapy pharmacy and delivery areas; blood bank collection, testing and processing area for blood and blood products; dentistry and minor procedures suite; and an interventional medicine/radiology suite. “Our newly renovated and expanded clinical spaces will enable us to provide the most advanced treatment options available for our companion animal patients,” said Dr. Rustin Moore, Associate Dean of Clinical and Outreach Programs.
Surgery without cutting that offers “open-heart” results with “closed-chest” procedures may seem far-fetched, but they are part of Dr. Brian Scansen’s everyday world in Interventional Medicine. Dr. Scansen, Assistant Professor of Cardiology and Interventional Medicine, is the Director of the Cardiology and Interventional Medicine Laboratory.
Renovations to the interventional medicine areas mean even more animals, both small and large, will enjoy better health through access to less-invasive and life-saving procedures previously not available.
State-of-the art imaging equipment has now revolutionized Dr. Scansen’s already cutting-edge treatments, allowing for procedures such as placement of catheters, stents, coils and other devices – all guided by real-time x-rays, known as digital fluoroscopy.
“The system we had before was developed in the early 1990s, and we hadn’t had the opportunity to upgrade until now,” Dr. Scansen said. “With our new fluoroscopy unit, we are able to watch the heart, blood vessels, airway, and urinary tract in real time, and guide our therapy directly to where we need to treat the disease.”
The suite has also revolutionized the ability to better educate students, interns and residents. “The old space was a radiology room with an open communication with an adjacent radiology suite,” Scansen said. “Now we have what is arguably the most sterile room in the hospital.”
Dr. Scansen also noted that it was “nearly impossible” for students in the former space to get a full view of procedures due to space constraints, but the new suite allows for ample viewing room at the patient’s side, and also through a nearby observation room with live monitoring on large screens and two-way speakers.
“From the student’s experience, this is light years better than what it was,” Dr. Scansen said. And from the patient’s perspective, it enables us to treat some of the most serious and complex disease conditions using the most advanced treatment options available, many of which are not possible elsewhere,” said Dr. Moore. “We are excited about the opportunities to treat even more patients using these “latest-greatest” techniques and to do so in ways to minimize risks and complications, reduce pain, and decrease hospitalization and recovery times.”
For more information on our Interventional Medicine program, please visit http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/advances-interventional-medicine.