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The 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.

Veterinary Specialties Referral Center’s state-of-the-art imaging technologies and services includes:

  • Digital radiography (x-ray)
  • Computed tomography (CT Scan)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    Available through Companion MRI of Albany

For more information on digital radiography click the link below.

PennHIP and OFA Diagnostics

Digital Radiography

After researching the many options in Digital Radiography on the market, we elected to install a state of the art Eklin Direct Radiology system. The image quality and ease of use was far superior to anything else we were seeing on the market. Pet owners can take a disc with their pet’s images home. The Eklin system is DICOM compatible, allowing us to transmit the images to our radiologist over the internet leading to rapid, accurate diagnoses for our patients.

Other benefits of DR include:

Faster – no film developing, captures images in less than 20 seconds
Safer – no chemicals, less radiation exposure
Sharper - provides greater detail in evaluating bones and internal structures compared                        to traditional x-ray techniques
Better – easy to transfer and enhance images digitally

Computed Tomography

Computed tomography is essentially a computer-assisted x-ray technology that provides highly detailed cross-sectional images (slices), to evaluate the chest, head, abdomen, blood vessels and soft tissues.

We use a Siemens Sensation 4 CT which has several advantages:

Faster – scans typically under 30 seconds or less
Safer - most scans performed under light sedation rather than anesthesia
Sharper - increased image quality for viewing and 3D reconstruction
Better - low patient dose scanning protocols, less radiation

Patients scheduled for a CT scan will be sedated for the procedure and may be dropped off for their appointment if scheduled in advance.

Both imaging modalities are painless, non-invasive techniques that can be performed safely on an outpatient basis.

All of our diagnostic imaging modalities are DICOM compatible and are networked to an integrated PACS server allowing us to transmit the images to any radiologist over the internet leading to rapid, accurate diagnoses for our patients.

Thanks to our web-based access and storage capabilities, all images are available for your primary care veterinarian to view. Images are placed into your pet’s electronic medical record for easy retrieval and comparison as new imaging studies are performed.

Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Services

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


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