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Diagnostic Imaging FAQ

Veterinary radiologists who are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) are uniquely qualified to render first or second opinions on radiographs, ultrasound examinations, CT, MRI, and many other diagnostic imaging modalities. These veterinarians have completed a formal three- to four-year residency in diagnostic imaging and have undergone intense formal training and practical experience in diagnostic imaging of both small and large animal species. There are approximately 575 board certified veterinary radiologists practicing in the United States. Certification by the ACVR assures competency in performance of the diagnostic imaging, as well as the interpretation of the results.

Ultrasound allows us to visualize the internal architecture of organs. Together with the patient’s age, sex, breed, history, physical exam, radiographic findings and lab work, the ultrasound gives us a better picture of what is going on internally with your pet. This information helps us to recommend the most appropriate treatment options.

This imaging modality is best at diagnosing abnormalities within organs. Ultrasound often diagnoses problems earlier than would otherwise be possible. Many times, this affords a better chance for successful treatment.

We perform ultrasounds, as well all the other diagnostic imaging modalities we offer, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. If your family veterinarian determines your pet needs imaging, we will try to accommodate the request at your earliest convenience.

In the event of an emergency, imaging  may still be performed; however, your pet will be admitted and managed through our Critical Care Department instead of dropping off through the Radiology Department.

Shaving allows us to be able to adequately see your pet’s organs. Without shaving, we may not be able to accurately diagnose and treat your pet.

For your safety, the safety of your pet, and our other patients, we cannot allow clients to be present during imaging procedures.

Many pets will lie comfortably in our padded troughs for the short time needed to perform their imaging procedure. If your pet does need sedation or anesthesia to make them more comfortable, however, we will discuss the possibility with you at the time of drop off.

All of these procedures require the patient to be fully anesthetized, therefore each patient will need a physical exam and thorough work-up prior to the procedure. To ensure your pet’s safety and make sure they are receiving the proper scan, we will confirm that all initial blood work and diagnostics have been completed and that a thorough evaluation of your pet’s ability to handle the anesthesia has been performed.