Diagnostic imaging is an important part of identifying the root cause of your pet’s discomfort and measuring the healing process. At AVES, we have several imaging modalities that we use routinely:
AVES uses state of the art digital x-ray equipment from Sound Eklin to ensure that the resolution on our images are of the highest quality.
Computed tomography (CT) is an imaging procedure that uses special x-ray equipment to create a series of detailed pictures, or scans, of areas inside the body. AVES has the only 8-slice CT in Austin. A higher slice count reduces scan time and produces a higher picture resolution. Our machine also has the capability of 3D reconstruction of images, which can help our specialists visualize the tissue structures and plan for treatment options.
Ultrasound imaging (sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to view soft tissues such as muscles and internal organs.
We partner with the board-certified radiologists at the Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging of Texas to provide an accurate interpretation of our imaging modalities.
For more information, please speak to your referring veterinarian or call 512-343-2837.
Chris Kunze, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Kunze received his DVM from Kansas State University in 2000. After completing a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Virginia Tech University, he was accepted as a diagnostic imaging resident at Texas A&M University. In 2004, Dr. Kunze finished his residency and passed the American College of Veterinary Radiology’s board-certifying examinations, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (DACVR). In 2005, he founded Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging of Texas.
During his free time, Dr. Kunze stays busy enjoying the Austin area with his wife and son. They can often be found water skiing on Lake Austin. He also enjoys backpacking and mountain climbing in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah.
Winnie Lo, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Lo grew up in Houston, and when she was younger, she wanted to be an engineer. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering, Dr. Lo began working for a large pharmaceutical company, and after several years, realized that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She was admitted to veterinary school, and graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2003.
She decided to pursue specialty training in diagnostic imaging and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2008 during the final year of a four-year radiology residency at UC Davis. Dr. Lo loves diagnostic imaging because it uses non-invasive methods to advance the diagnostic process. She spent 4 months at Murdoch University in Western Australia as a clinical instructor in the radiology department.
Dr. Lo enjoys outdoor gems in and around Austin such as Barton Creek, Town Lake, and others. She also loves the city’s food scene.
An ACVR Board-Certified Radiologist (ACVR Diplomate) is a veterinarian who has received advanced training in diagnostic imaging and has passed the American College of Veterinary Radiology Board Certification Examination. Radiologists diagnose diseases by obtaining and interpreting medical image from radiology, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine. A radiologist examines and correlates medical image findings with other examinations and tests, recommends further examinations or treatments, and consults with the referring veterinarian. (http://www.acvr.org/page/what-acvr-radiologist).
The American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) is the certifying organization for diagnostic imaging recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The organization’s mission is to promote the “highest standards in veterinary radiology, radiation oncology and related sciences through education and research.” (http://www.acvr.org)
When it comes to the care of your pet, a veterinary radiologist helps your pet’s veterinarian interpret x-rays or perform advanced imaging studies such as an ultrasound examination (sonogram). In addition to x-rays and ultrasound, radiologists perform advanced imaging studies such as computed tomography (CT or CAT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine studies.
Board-certified radiologists are uniquely qualified to perform the highest quality examination. They also provide the most accurate interpretations of medical images. The extensive training and experience board-certified radiologists receive allows them to correlate x-ray and ultrasound results with the overall clinical picture. Also, they are highly trained in the use of ultrasound-guided needle aspirates and biopsies. This allows radiologists to provide safe, minimally invasive diagnoses for a wide variety of diseases, which can sometimes eliminate the need for surgery.
Ultrasounds can be performed by a variety of individuals such as primary care veterinarians as well as non-veterinarians (such as technicians trained in human ultrasonography). These individuals have varying degrees of skill, experience, and clinical knowledge. When an ACVR Diplomate performs an ultrasound exam, you can be sure that the veterinarian performing the study has the expertise and experience necessary to not only perform a complete imaging examination, but to also correlate the findings to your pet’s clinical history.