- What is a board-certified Veterinary Radiologist? Medical images are very complex and a veterinary radiologist may be needed to interpret the results accurately. Veterinary radiologists are licensed veterinarians who have completed a 4-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, followed by a residency program in diagnostic imaging. This program is certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) and the board-certified radiologist has successfully passed certifying examinations. They are a Diplomate of the ACVR. A veterinary radiologist is a specialist in the interpretation of many diagnostic imaging modalities including radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound (including echocardiogram), CT, MRI, and nuclear medicine.
- What is diagnostic imaging? Diagnostic imaging provides veterinarians an inside view of your pet. It is non-invasive, meaning no incision is necessary, and assist in diagnosing or ruling out a variety of conditions that cannot be confirmed by physical examination or blood tests alone. There are five types of medical imaging available through veterinary medicine: radiographs (x-ray), ultrasound, CT, nuclear medicine, and MRI. To learn more, refer to the variety of diagnostic imaging fact sheets we have available on our website.
- What is an X-ray (radiographs)? Please refer to X-ray – What to Know & Expect.
- What is an ultrasound? Please refer to Ultrasound Scanning – What to Know & Expect.
- What is an echo? Please refer to Echocardiogram – What to Know & Expect.
- What is a computer aided tomography (cat scan)? Please refer to Computer Aided Tomography (CAT) – What to Know & Expect.
- What is a contrast study? Please refer to Contrast Studies – What to Know & Expect.
- Is there anything special about the diagnostic imaging equipment and imaging staff at VSCNL? Our diagnostic imaging unit is run by a board-certified veterinary radiologist, who is supported by registered veterinary technicians specifically trained in diagnostic imaging. There is advanced imaging equipment such as digital radiology, ultrasound, and CT. This combination of staff, equipment, and services is offered only by VSCNL within our province.
- Will my pet need sedation and/or anesthesia? The temperament of your pet and any medical conditions will be taken into account when deciding this. To learn more, refer to the variety of diagnostic imaging fact sheets and Sedation & Anesthesia – What to Know & Expect.
- Will my pet need bloodwork? For the safety of your pet, procedures requiring sedation and/or anesthesia always require bloodwork. To learn more, refer to Sedation & Anesthesia – What to Know & Expect.
- Does medical imaging always provide the final diagnosis? Depending on circumstances, diagnostic imaging may provide a final answer (i.e., fracture, bladder stone). However, multiple tests may be required to determine a diagnosis. Diagnostic imaging results may identify the need for other diagnostic tests, such as a biopsy. It may also rule out conditions, which is also very valuable information.
- Why does my pet need diagnostic imaging tests if we’vealready done other tests? Many diagnostic tools to evaluate your pet’s health are available; each type of diagnostic can tell different things. For example, many problems involve multiple diagnostic imaging techniques for optimal evaluation.For example, an x-ray will show the size, shape and position of an organ. In contrast, an ultrasound and CT allows the veterinarian to see inside the organ and to assess function in some cases. For moving organs such as the heart, the size, tissue character, and muscle function can be assessed in “real time” via an ultrasound. Our veterinarians will be able to help decide which tests are right for your pet.
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