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.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio-wave energy to create images of your pet. Due to the fact that MRI works differently than CT and ultrasound, it is often able to give us information that can’t be obtained with other types of imaging.
Fluoroscopy is a continuous series of very low dose x-ray images that let veterinarians see images of the inside of the body in motion, much like an x-ray movie on a monitor. It is helpful in diagnosing problems such as swallowing disorders, collapsing tracheas, motility problems of the stomach and intestines, as well as the flow of blood through abnormal vessels.
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.
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.