Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral & Emergency’s Radiology Department is designed, staffed and equipped to manage all of your diagnostic imaging needs, while providing quality care tailored to your pet. Imaging offered through the Radiology Department includes the use of high-resolution ultrasound, multi-slice helical computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), digital fluoroscopy, and digital radiography. Our staff of highly trained professionals works closely with your veterinarian to diagnose diseases and injuries, and provides follow-up care through our inpatient and outpatient imaging services.

Outpatient Imaging

Our outpatient imaging services allow veterinarians in private practice to obtain additional diagnostic imaging for their patients, while maintaining primary patient care responsibilities. The referring veterinarian will be responsible for all management of patient care up to and following any outpatient services.

Due to higher risk associated with any invasive procedures such as fine needle aspirates and biopsies, these procedures will not be performed on an outpatient basis. These services can be provided on an inpatient basis through one of our other specialty departments. Medically unstable patients or those requiring sedation for imaging cannot be seen as outpatients. Patients requiring immediate medical care will be transferred to the most appropriate department with owner’s permission and contact will be made with the referring facility as soon as possible.

At the conclusion of all outpatient imaging appointments, the client will meet with Dr. Sarah Tibbs, our board certified radiologist.  Dr. Tibbs will provide a brief overview of findings and clients will then be directed back to their referring veterinarian for continued diagnostics and/or treatment recommendations. A detailed radiology report will be composed and delivered via fax or email to the referring veterinarian along with a CD copy of imaging provided to the client at time of discharge.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a safe, noninvasive, pain free form of diagnostic imaging that does not typically require the use of general anesthesia. Ultrasound images are created by capturing the reflection of sound waves from organs and other structures in the body. The chest and abdomen are the most common areas in which ultrasound is utilized, though often diagnostic in imaging thyroid glands, joints, ligaments, and muscles.

Ultrasound is a useful diagnostic tool for surgical planning, imaging and diagnosing diseases such as:
  • Thoracic and Abdominal Masses
  • Bladder Stones
  • Cancer
  • Cushing’s/Addison’s Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunts

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is a safe, noninvasive, and pain free form of diagnostic imaging that allows us to take real time video x-ray of internal organs and structures. The continuous flow of x-rays gives us the ability to capture, monitor, replay, and manipulate a specific body part while it is in motion.

Fluoroscopy is a useful diagnostic tool for evaluating and diagnosing disorders or performing procedures such as:
  • Collapsing Trachea
  • Dysphagia
  • Regurgitation
  • Cystography
  • Ureter/Urethral Evaluation
  • Stent Placement

Computed Tomography

Computed Tomography (CT) is a safe, noninvasive, and pain free form of diagnostic imaging that produces detailed images within the shortest amount of time. Unlike traditional x-rays, where superimposed anatomy can obscure a diagnosis, CT provides detailed views without superimposition and creates the ability to generate 3D reconstructed imaging.

CT is a useful diagnostic tool for surgical planning, imaging and diagnosing injuries or diseases such as:
  • Metastatic Disease
  • Nasal Tumors/Polyps
  • Bone Abnormalities/Complex Fractures
  • Spinal Injuries and Disease
  • Orthopedic Joint Conditions

Teleradiology

Teleradiology brings a cost effective board certified radiology interpretation to practices everywhere. Whether submitting difficult cases or simply as an extension to your practice, you have the ability to submit images for a formal review. All radiograph reports will be written and sent to the veterinarian within 24 hours, Monday through Friday via email or fax. Images can be submitted directly to our facility through the use of DVM Insight or by emailing a completed request form and images to Radiology@dcvetreferral.com. Additional information and pricing can be obtained by calling and speaking to a member of our radiology team at (301) 809-8800.