- Specialty Services
- Anesthesia/Pain Management
- Clinical Trials
- Critical Care
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Internal Medicine
- Interventional Radiology
- Support Services Program
I was so happy you saved his life I did the crazy happy dance.
Diagnostic imaging, or radiology, involves various noninvasive techniques that aid in diagnosing your pet’s condition. With digital radiology and the latest in ultrasound technology available on site, Hope VS can more quickly and more accurately determine a pet’s condition, allowing treatment to happen that much earlier.
Once, radiographic films (“x-rays”) had to be developed by hand, and only then revealing how the image came out. Digital x-radiographs now provide quicker, clearer, and faster images. With almost immediate results, digital radiography shows us findings in mere seconds. Another benefit of digital radiology is the ability to manipulate the image to make it clearer. We can zoom in, we can make it lighter, or we can make it darker. All of this allows our team to provide you, with a better picture of what is going on with your pet—literally.
Working with both our in-house specialists and with referring veterinarians, our board-certified radiologists also have the ability to review and interpret radiographs at any time. Our advanced technology allows them to look at images from home and provide a phone consultation with in-hospital personnel as necessary.
Similarly, Hope VS provides ultrasound services six days a week and on an emergency basis on Sundays and holidays. Ultrasound, like digital radiography, in most cases, does not require anesthesia and provides real-time images of the abdomen and other parts of the body to help diagnose illnesses. An ultrasound exam typically lasts 20-30 minutes and requires your pet’s hair to be clipped from around the area in question.
We use the GE 16-slice computed tomography (CT) 4-dimensional scanner to obtain detailed diagnostic images, in reduced time, for cancer diagnosis and radiation treatment planning. The scanner is three to four times faster than conventional machines and offers much greater detail than can be seen in regular X-rays. As a result, our patients experience less time under anesthesia and more time with you. It also enables our radiologists to plan treatment in accordance with the patients’ surgical or radiation needs.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a key tool in providing images of soft tissue, including the brain and central nervous system. Hope VS has access to a GE 1.5 Tesla MRI provided by Vet Imaging Partners on location at Hope VS. The MRI study images are conveniently interpreted on-site by our radiologists. Because pets just won’t lay still on their own for the duration of an MRI study, anesthesia is always required, and a board-certified anesthesiologist oversees the staff.