Veterinary Radiology at Upstate Veterinary Specialties

Veterinary Radiology is the study and interpretation high quality images from multiple modalities such as radiographs, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging studies (MRI).

What to Expect:

Our outpatient ultrasound is available by referral from the area’s general practice veterinarians. The outpatient ultrasound service will consist of a 45-minute appointment. Our radiology team will obtain a brief patient history and perform the requested imaging. Hospital policy does not allow owners to be present during the imaging. Owners are welcome to wait in our lobby. To obtain quality imaging, your pet will have their belly shaved and may return to you with damp hair from ultrasound gel or alcohol. Our radiologist will send the imaging results directly to your primary care veterinarian within 24 hours of the appointment. Consultation with our radiologist and your pet’s imaging results will not be available at the time of service. Please contact your primary care veterinarian for imaging results, treatment, and follow-up care.

Radiology Services and Procedures

Radiology at UVS also operates behind the scenes, supporting our internal doctors by generating and interpreting requested imaging from other specialty services or the emergency department.

UVS has two part-time/in-house Board-Certified Radiologists as imaging consultants. We also contract with an off-site veterinary radiology service to provide real-time ultrasound interpretation for scans performed by an experienced sonographer when a radiologist is not in the facility.

When combined with the patient’s medical history, a physical examination, and laboratory tests, imaging allows our radiologist to localize the problem and help form a diagnosis. Sometimes, the radiologist will perform special procedures, such as an ultrasound-guided aspirate or a biopsy, to reach a more specific diagnosis.

Our radiology department currently uses the following modalities to obtain diagnostic images:

  • Ultrasound
  • Radiographs
  • Fluoroscopy
  • MRI
  • CT
  • Contrast studies

Our veterinary radiologists are also available to consult with local primary care veterinarians. Often, radiographs are taken at the patient’s primary care veterinary facility, and in some cases, a veterinarian may request assistance interpreting the films.

Board Certified Veterinary Radiologists

A veterinary radiologist is a veterinarian who has received at least three years of additional schooling in a diagnostic imaging residency.  After completing this training, the individual becomes certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology upon successfully passing a two-part examination comprised of written and oral components.

If your pet requires advanced imaging, speak with your primary care veterinarian about a referral to Upstate Veterinary Specialties.

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