- Specialty Services
- Anesthesia/Pain Management
- Clinical Trials
- Critical Care
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Internal Medicine
- Interventional Radiology
Everyone at Hope was so nice and compassionate. Strangers I met in the lobby consoled me. You knew everyone who stepped through Hope's doors loved animals.
Ilona and Bill
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.
Where once radiographic films (“x-rays”) had to be developed by hand, and only then could we tell how the image came out, digital x-radiographs 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, 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 both with 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.
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 off-site MRI services provided by Vet Imaging Partners in Norristown, with the images being interpreted in-house by our radiologist. An alternative option is a referral to the Rosenthal Imaging and Treatment Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital. Because pets just won’t lay still on their own, anesthesia is always required for an MRI, and a board-certified anesthesiologist oversees the staff at both facilities.
Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital
(University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine)
Rosenthal Imaging & Treatment Center
3900 Delancey Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6010
Phone: 215.746.VMRI (8674)
Vet Imaging Partners
2626 Van Buren Ave., Suite 100
Norristown, PA 19403
Toll Free: 877.DOG.SCAN