RADIOLOGY

Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging

Radiology DepartmentThe field of radiology and diagnostic imaging has advanced so significantly over the last few years, it may seem as though pets are getting more diseases as they age. Truth is, we are just better at detecting them, many of which can successfully be treated or managed. The equipment used today in a highly specialized veterinary center like ours is typically the same machinery used in human hospitals. Ours just comes with lots of treats, hugs and love.

Animal Care Imaging’s state-of-the-art imaging technologies and services includes:

  • High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Computed Tomography (CT)

High Field MRI

Until recently MRI has had limited application in veterinary medicine, primarily due to the expense of the imaging unit and associated computer needs, as well as the requirement for specially constructed rooms to house the units. However, ACI has obtained their own imaging unit for veterinary use, and is the only dedicated imaging center in the Tampa Bay Area. Our state of the art, high field MRI scanner ensures a more efficient and rapid exam. Furthermore, the most sophisticated monitoring equipment available will minimize anesthetic related concerns. Animal Care Imaging has acquired the most dedicated and skilled staff available in the MRI industry today in an effort to provide the best care possible for your pet.

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT)

CT scans provide better differentiation of soft tissue than conventional x-rays, since the gray scale can be controlled by the technician. A contrast media (dye) can also be injected into the animal’s bloodstream to further increase the differentiation of tissue. The CT scan also does not superimpose the bone over the soft tissue, as it is only looking at a slice of the body at a time.

Animals who are candidates for a CT scan include those with neurological disorders, such as seizures, behavior changes, or problems walking. The animal is anesthetized with a general anesthesia during the procedure, since she must remain completely still. The table on which the animal is laying is slowly advanced into the part of the machine that performs the scan (called the gantry). An x-ray tube rotates 360º around the patient to record the x-rays from many angles. The number of images taken depends on the area and size of the suspected problem. When the computer finishes processing the information, an image appears on a monitor. The image is saved for further review and to compare to later scans to determine the effectiveness of treatment.

Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Services

In addition to accepting referrals for cases requiring diagnostic testing, we also accept referrals on an outpatient basis for MRI, and CT Scans. Reports are typically sent within 24-48 hours and STAT requests are available as needed.