Radiology, Ultrasound, CT, MRI
The Diagnostic Imaging service at Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson utilizes the most advanced tools available to help diagnose your pets’ medical issues. VSCT has incorporated digital radiology into our diagnostic imaging capabilities leading to more immediate treatment and giving our doctors, along with the primary care veterinarians who refer patients to us, the chance to share patient information in a much more time-efficient manner.
Digital x-rays provide quicker, clearer and faster images than film x-ray. Like a digital photo, a digital radiograph can be manipulated after it is taken allowing our team to view the image in ways that aren’t possible with film x-ray.
Ultrasound makes the use of sound waves to detect presence of fluid, abnormally thickened tissues or growths primarily in the chest and abdominal cavities of pets, but can also be used to detect the presence of soft tissue abscesses or tumors. Pets often can undergo ultrasound examination awake or with minimal sedation as compared to CT and MRI that require anesthesia to keep the pets perfectly still for those studies.
Our helical (spiral) computed tomography (CT) scanning system is the same model used in human hospitals to deliver 360-degree views of a patient’s internal body parts to determine the extent of problems such as abscesses, spinal and head injuries, and cancer detection.
VSCT was the first veterinary hospital in Southern Arizona to install a Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit. Our unit, the Vet Grande, has been used extensively in the premiere veterinary facilities throughout Europe and the United States and employs the latest upgraded software for scanning the brain, spine and other body areas in the detection of trauma, cancers and infections.
If your pet presents a challenging medical case and your veterinarian advises you that advanced imaging procedures are needed, our radiologist, working with the other specialists at VSCT, will make sure your pet receives the best imaging study to confirm the diagnosis while keeping your family veterinarian informed as well.
To learn more about the specialized field of veterinary radiology, please visit the American College of Veterinary Radiology.