Diagnostic Imaging

Services offered by the Diagnostic Imaging department at Avets:

CT: Computed Axial Tomography (also referred to as CAT scan or CT scan) is a versatile imaging procedure that can be used to evaluate almost every part of your pet’s body. Because CT scans are performed under heavy sedation or anesthesia, they are often reserved for cases where a more sensitive diagnostic technique is needed. They can help identify conditions in bones, the chest, spine, nasal cavity, and stomach. CT scans, interpreted by a board-certified veterinary radiologist, are used by Avets' veterinary specialists or can be ordered by your primary care veterinarian. 

Digital Radiography: Avets pioneered the use of veterinary digital radiography, or x-rays, in Western PA. Radiography remains an invaluable diagnostic tool for our emergency service and veterinary specialists. We perform specialized contrast studies—the urogenital and digestive tracts, for example—along with routine radiographs, which are all reviewed by a board-certified veterinary radiologist. We provide CD copies of the radiographic studies for the pet’s records and follow-up care at the primary care veterinarian. 

Echocardiogram: When exploring your pet’s heart health, Avets goes way beyond a stethoscope. We offer the technology and experience to perform comprehensive echocardiograms, also called cardiac ultrasound. These real-time images of your pet’s heart are invaluable in diagnosing heart murmurs and other abnormalities of the heart. 

MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging (or MRI) can tell our specialists a lot. This versatile imaging procedure is performed on pets under anesthesia, so we often reserve it for situations where other imaging has not provided enough information. We also use MRI to evaluate the brain, as it offers increased sensitivity (e.g. in detecting causes of seizures). 

MRI results are interpreted by a board-certified veterinary radiologist and used by Avets' veterinary specialists or can be ordered by your primary care veterinarian.

Ultrasound: A diagnostic ultrasound or "sonogram" uses sound waves to create images of the patient. Performing the study and interpreting the results requires advanced equipment and highly trained personnel. Our ultrasound technicians have been trained in human medicine, then received additional training by a board-certified veterinary radiologist. An ultrasound can be ordered through a referral from your primary care veterinarian or one of the veterinarians at Avets.