Imaging

Our imaging service provides essential diagnostic information to our specialists, emergency veterinarians, and to the referring veterinarians in our community. While radiographs (x-rays) have been commonly used in veterinary medicine for many years, the Veterinary Medical Center of CNY also utilizes the more advanced imaging techniques more commonly seen in human medicine.
 
Meet Our Radiologists
 
The Veterinary Medical Center of CNY uses computerized digital radiograph (x-ray) equipment.  This technology provides us with radiographic images in seconds rather than minutes, helping us in those critical situations when every second counts. Radiographs taken at VMC are also routinely reviewed by board certified radiologists, providing our patients with another layer of expertise and experience.
  
An ultrasound is a non-invasive method to “look” inside the body using high frequency sound waves.  Ultrasounds are extremely safe and provide very important information, particularly about soft tissues like organs and some tumors. Radiographs and ultrasound are often used together to provide valuable diagnostic information about your pet.
 
Ultrasounds must be arranged through your family veterinarian. Most ultrasounds at VMC are performed on an outpatient basis, and you are able to wait for your pet and speak to the radiologist in most circumstances.
 
A computed tomography (CT) scan is a special radiographic procedure that uses a computer to produce detailed cross-sectional images or "slices" of parts of the body. A CT procedure allows us to visualize parts of the body that are difficult to evaluate with traditional radiographs.  
 
A CT scan provides detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs and may be recommended for diagnosing diseases of the brain, sinuses, spine, bones, joints, and soft tissues.  
 
CT makes it possible to diagnose some diseases earlier and more accurately than with other imaging tools.  It can also be used to more precisely define the location of a mass, allowing for less invasive surgical procedures.
 
Anesthesia is required for pets undergoing CT imaging.  Even the best behaved pet will not stay perfectly still long enough to get good quality images!  The procedure typically does not take long, so the time your pet will be under anesthesia is relatively short.  Patients are monitored during the procedure using equipment that measures respiration rate, blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels.
 
 
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields to look inside your pet. A computer then uses the magnetic signal to create a picture of your pet’s internal body tissues.
 
All MRI patients must be anesthetized for the procedure.  MRI is most often performed to evaluate the brain and spinal cord, especially when disease of the central nervous system is likely. 
 
 
Our imaging service can assist with PennHip and OFA evaluations.  Contact our Imaging Service by phone for more information.
 
Your family veterinarian can consult with the radiologists at VMC to determine the best combination of diagnostic procedures that are best for your pet.