Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology

Take a good look inside

It is amazing what can be found — without surgery — inside the body of a pet, if the right imaging equipment is used and the right person is looking. Specialists who are board certified in radiology work closely with your pet’s entire medical team, using state-of-the-art imaging techniques and interpretation procedures to obtain an accurate diagnosis or verify treatment progress. The BluePearl network of radiologists can provide both our specialists and your family veterinarian access to consistent, quality interpretations as needed.

Imaging modalities we use

  • There is even something state-of-the-art about our x-rays. BluePearl uses digital radiography (x-rays), which provides quicker, clearer and faster images than film x-ray. A digital x-ray is taken and processed in 4 seconds. Like a digital photo, a digital radiograph can be manipulated after it is taken allowing our team to highlight the image in ways that weren’t possible with film x-ray.
  • CT (computerized tomography) scans reveal great detail in and around the bony structures of the body. It is useful for diagnosing of nasal disease, middle/inner ear disease, certain neurologic disease, bone disorders, and disorders within the chest and abdomen.
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) provides better contrast between different soft tissue structures of the body than CT scans do, making it especially useful for imaging the brain, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems, and tumors.
  • Ultrasound allows the veterinarian to visualize and examine many body organs and systems, including the liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidney, pancreas and bladder. Sedation is rarely necessary unless an ultrasound-guided biopsies is being performed. If your family veterinarian has referred your pet for an outpatient ultrasound, please be aware of the following:
    • To obtain the best quality images, the fur will be shaved from the body part to be imaged. We strive to shave as little as possible.
    • Our radiologist will provide a report to your veterinarian following the appointment.