ADVANCED IMAGINGRadiology (X-ray) plays an essential, non-invasive role in veterinary medicine – an accurate interpretation of these medical images is critical to an effective treatment plan.
WestVet is pleased to offer the services of Andrew Gendler, DVM, andRachel Shochet, DVM, MS, both Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR).
Advances in imaging technology have dramatically improved diagnosis and treatment of serious diseases and injuries in pets. Our radiologists will collaborate with other WestVet specialists in order to:
- Pinpoint a diagnosis.
- Confirm the best course of treatment.
- Identify traumatic injuries.
- Provide additional expertise by reviewing medical imaging.
The WestVet Outpatient Imaging Center offers state-of-the-art animal radiology and outpatient services based on referrals from your family veterinarian; download referral forms HERE.
After the imaging study concludes, results are communicated verbally to referring veterinarians as soon as possible. Pet owners will be presented a cohesive plan of action based on the results of imaging and input from the both the WestVet radiologist and your family veterinarian.
Stable patients may be discharged to pet owners; patients requiring more medical or surgical intervention may return to their family veterinarian’s clinic or be admitted to WestVet based on a collaborative plan.
Estimates may be provided to referring veterinarians upon request and prior to referral. Patient costs can be minimized by having ancillary items such as pre-anesthetic blood work and intravenous catheters completed before referral. Owners will always be presented an estimate for their outpatient imaging visit and will be responsible for charges incurred based on approved estimate.
WESTVET VETERINARY RADIOLOGY SERVICES
Ultrasound (US) is a painless imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to generate images. This noninvasive tool may be used to evaluate the abdomen, cranial mediastinum and the heart. It does not involve the use of radiation. Additionally, ultrasound allows image-guided needle aspirates and biopsies of hard-to-reach tissues. Most exams are conducted with the patient awake or with a small amount of chemical restraint. Difficult biopsies or fractious patients may require more sedation and/or general anesthesia.
Computed Tomography (CT) is a painless imaging procedure in which ionizing radiation provides tomographic images (slices) of the patient. CT scanning provides incredible anatomical detail of structures like the skull, nasal passages, and elbows while avoiding the problems of superimposition seen on plain radiographs.
Orthopedic CT studies are routinely performed with heavy sedation while more involved CT studies (CT portogram, CT urogram) require short episodes of general anesthesia (30 to 40 minutes). CT is the best imaging modality to evaluate complicated joints like the carpus, tarsus and elbows in addition to patients with nasal diseases, head trauma, and thoracic and abdominal masses.
CT can track IV contrast boluses to visualize the arterial, venous and portal circulation. CT-excretory urography assesses kidneys, ureters, and the bladder. Finally, CT post-myelogram may further characterize spinal cord compression.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) This powerful imaging tool enables your veterinary radiologist to see soft tissues, joints and cardiovascular structures in incredible detail. MRI uses a strong magnetic field to shift hydrogen ions found in all tissues, and read the energy emitted as they relax to their normal state.
MRI is the gold standard for imaging of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It is used to evaluate patients with lumbosacral stenosis syndrome and suspected iliopsoas muscle injury. General anesthesia is required during all MRI scans.
PennHip certification is a radiographic measurement of passive hip laxity that can be present as early as 16 weeks of age and is a reliable predictor of developing coxofemoral degenerative joint disease in dogs and cats. PennHip radiographs are acquired with the patient under heavy intravenous sedation.
Fluoroscopy is a non-invasive procedure which uses x-rays to capture and monitor video images of specific parts of the body in motion. Fluoroscopic exams provide real-time images with low levels of ionizing radiation. It is often utilized to evaluate the trachea in cases of tracheal collapse, as well as the esophagus and pharynx for patients with swallowing disorders. Needle aspiration/biopsy may be performed under fluoroscopic guidance.
Contrast radiography is any radiograph acquired after a contrast medium is administered to outline specific structures. This may include room air or CO2 gas, barium sulfate, or iodinated contrast agents. Typical contrast studies performed at WestVet include myelogram, fistulogram, cystourethrogram, intravenous pyelogram, and upper GI barium series.
Board Certified Veterinary Radiologists play a key role in diagnosis and treatment; read more about their important contribution HERE.
To become board-certified, a veterinary radiologist completes an undergraduate degree, four years of veterinary school, an internship and residency that includes an additional 3-5 years training, and successfully passes rigorous board examinations. Training includes all areas of radiology, including radiographs (X-rays), computed tomography scans (CT scans), ultrasound (US), nuclear medicine imaging (NMs), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs).
Our veterinary radiologists collaborate with your family veterinarian to develop a treatment plan for your pet.
DVM, DACVR, Veterinary Radiologist
DVM, MS, DACVR, Veterinary Radiologist