Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
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 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. Upon completion of a one-year 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 training and passed the American College of Veterinary Radiology’s board-certifying examinations, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (DAVCR). Dr. Kunze founded Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging of Texas in 2005.
During his free time, Dr. Kunze stays busy enjoying the Austin area with his wife and son. The family can often be found trying to avoid sunburns while 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. Her career path to veterinary radiology had some detours. When she was younger and more naïve, she thought she wanted to be an engineer, and thus graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering. However, after several years of working for a large pharmaceutical company, she saw the light and decided that being a veterinarian is really what she wanted to be when she grew up. So off to veterinary school she went, graduating 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 (and plus, the images are beautiful). For her final detour before returning to her home state of Texas, she spent 4 months at Murdoch University in Western Australia as a clinical instructor in the radiology department.
Dr. Lo joined V-dit in 2010. Since then, she has enjoyed outdoor gems in and around Austin such as Barton Creek, Town Lake, and others. She also likes exploring the city’s restaurants.
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. The radiologist diagnoses diseases by obtaining and interpreting medical images. The imaging modalities used by an ACVR Radiologist include radiology, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine. A radiologist correlates medical image findings with other examinations and tests, recommends further examinations or treatments, and consults with the referring veterinarian – the primary care veterinarian who sends patients to the radiologist for imaging and diagnosis or sends medical images for interpretation. (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. ACVR’s mission is “promoting the highest standards in veterinary radiology, radiation oncology and related sciences through education and research.” (http://www.acvr.org
A veterinary radiologist plays a vital role in the health care management of your pet. Your pet’s veterinarian may consult with a board-certified radiologist to interpret x-rays or to perform advanced imaging studies such as an ultrasound examination (sonogram). In addition to x-rays and ultrasound, advanced imaging studies such as computed tomography (CT or CAT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine studies are routinely performed by veterinary radiologists.
Board-certified radiologists are uniquely qualified to perform the highest quality examination and to provide the most accurate image interpretation. Our extensive training and experience allows us to correlate x-ray and ultrasound results with the overall clinical picture. In addition, we are highly trained in the use of ultrasound-guided needle aspirates and biopsies. This allows us to provide safe and minimally invasive diagnoses for a wide variety of diseases, potentially eliminating the need for surgery.
In veterinary medicine, ultrasound examinations 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. By utilizing an ACVR Diplomate for an ultrasound exam, you can be assured that the doctor 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.