Providing help to get the right diagnosis for your pet
When your pet is seriously sick or hurt, you just want help. Providing the right kind of help requires having the right diagnosis. The Radiology department at MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets offers the most state-of-the-art equipment and comprehensive diagnostic tools available. Our board-certified radiologists are experts in all areas of diagnostic imaging and work closely with clients and primary care veterinarians in developing a treatment plan that is best for each individual patient’s health needs.
Radiology is a medical specialty that focuses on using advanced imaging technologies, such as X-rays, MRI and ultrasound, for the diagnosis and management of complex cases.
Our radiologists’ advanced level of expertise allows them to see abnormalities and clarify findings from diagnostic imaging procedures. This is key to providing the best possible care for your pet.
Radiography is the most common diagnostic imaging tool and is the first step in obtaining a diagnosis for pets. We offer state-of-the-art digital radiography suites, which are able to provide a rapid acquisition of digital images that are clearer than conventional film radiographs, and can also be manipulated on a computer, allowing our doctors to view them in ways not possible with films. All digital images are stored electronically, allowing for easy retrieval of patient images on computers throughout the hospital, as well as easily transferred to primary care veterinarians for review.
Computed Tomography (CT scan)
Computed Tomography (CT) is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging technique in which X-rays are used to obtain cross-sectional images of the body. A CT machine utilizes a dedicated high-speed computer to produce images and allows the images to be manipulated to specifically enhance certain types of tissues, according to what area of the body is being examined. Our high-speed multidetector CT machines allows detailed exams to be performed in a very short period of time, minimizing the amount of time a patient needs to be sedated or anesthetized.
Ultrasonography provides a painless and non-invasive method of evaluating the internal structures of the body and providing a view of abnormalities that cannot otherwise be seen with other diagnostic methods. Ultrasounds allow for evaluation of internal organs, musculoskeletal injuries, abnormalities within the gastrointestinal system, as well as fluid or masses within the body. Together, with patient medical history, an ultrasound exam can often diagnose the source of pain or illness.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field to create images of your pet’s internal organs and body structures. MRI may be recommended to complement and provide further visualization of structures that are not as well imaged with traditional X-rays, ultrasound or CT scan. In some cases, contrast material may be administered to allow even better views of specific structures. This modality can be valuable in diagnosing many conditions including diseases of the brain and spinal disease such as intervertebral disc disease.