For Pet Owners
We perform ultrasound examinations and ultrasound-guided procedures in conjunction with your veterinarian to provide the best possible care for your pet.
Similar to physicians who specialize in specific areas of medicine, the veterinary specialist provides the same concentrated focus for the pets in our families. The radiologist is trained to use x-rays, or radiographs, as well as ultrasound, CT, and MRI in analyzing problems and diagnosing diseases. The study of radiology is also called “diagnostic imaging,” because images are used to help arrive at a diagnosis.
You may already be familiar with the services a veterinary radiologist provides. If not, below are more details including who, what, when, where, why, and how…
Who is a board-certified veterinary radiologist?
A veterinarian who chooses to further his or her study by focusing several additional years of rigorous training specifically in radiologic studies. To become a certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR), the radiologist must pass a series of both written and oral board exams in the field of diagnostic radiology. Visit the ACVR website here: www.acvr.org
What does a veterinary radiologist do?
The veterinary radiologist has the training not only to perform ultrasounds and other diagnostic imaging examinations, but to interpret the results of those images in conjunction with your veterinarian’s clinical findings and tests to more accurately diagnosis your pet’s condition. Additionally, radiologists are extensively trained in performing ultrasound-guided needle aspirates and biopsies, minimally invasive approaches to diagnoses.
When does your veterinarian determine that a veterinary radiologist should be involved?
Many primary care veterinarians will perform ultrasounds, or other radiological examinations. When a case needs the opinion and expertise of a specialist to assist in diagnosis, a radiologist can help. This includes complex cases or ambiguous symptoms. Many primary care veterinarians choose to routinely use the radiology specialist.
Where are the additional diagnostic studies performed?
Most tests can be done during a visit to your primary veterinarian. Cypress Veterinary Imaging uses a state-of-the-art mobile ultrasound machine, bringing the testing and the radiologist directly to your veterinarian’s clinic.
Why should you use the services of a veterinary radiologist?
Only a board-certified radiologist has completed the training and testing required to meet the strict standards of the ACVR. Your veterinarian wants to provide your pet with the best radiologic diagnostic care available.
How is my pet examined during an ultrasound?
Rest assured - your pet will be treated like our own! The area to be examined will often be shaved to allow for the best visualization. Then your pet will be placed on a soft, comfortable positioning device and can relax (many of our patients actually doze off) as the non-invasive, non-painful examination takes place. After the examination is complete, your veterinarian will be in contact with you about the results and the next steps.