A veterinary radiologist is a veterinarian who has received at least three years of additional schooling in the field of diagnostic radiology. During this training, the radiologist learns to perform special procedures and interpret studies that involve imaging with radiographs, contrast materials, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine, Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This training includes imaging of many animal species, including not only dogs and cats, but horses, cows, birds, ferrets and reptiles. After completing this training, the individual then becomes certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology upon successfully passing a two part examination, comprised of a written component and an oral examination.
At our veterinary referral practice in Latham NY, our radiology department currently uses the following to obtain diagnostic images:
When combined with the patient’s medical history, a physical examination and laboratory tests, imaging allows our radiologist, Dr. Kristina Wilson, to better localize the problem and reach a diagnosis. Sometimes, Dr. Wilson will also perform special procedures, such as an ultrasound-guided aspirate or a biopsy, to help determine why symptoms are occurring and diagnose the issue.
Our veterinary radiologist is also available to consult with primary care veterinarians, located throughout New York’s greater Capital Region. Often, radiographs are taken at the patient’s primary care veterinary facility and in some cases, a veterinarian may request assistance in interpretation of the films. If a case is particularly complicated or the diagnosis is unclear, Dr. Wilson can provide her professional medical opinion. She may suggest additional radiographs, blood tests or imaging procedures that can be performed to help reach a diagnosis. In some cases, Dr. Wilson may recommend that the patient be referred to an additional specialist for more testing or procedures.
With her training to recognize disease processes and her ability to relate these changes to what is currently making a patient sick, Dr. Kristina Wilson is a valuable asset to the Upstate Veterinary Specialties team. Dr. Wilson sorts out the results found through diagnostic imaging into those that are considered incidental and those that are considered relevant. As the UVS radiologist, Dr. Wilson works as part of a team to help determine a specific diagnosis so that our other specialists will know how to best treat the patient.
If you’re a referring veterinarian seeking more information about the radiology services available for your patients at UVS, contact us today at (518) 783-3198.