Imaging facilities and equipment

The veterinary diagnostic imaging facilities consist of two small animal diagnostic radiology suites, one large animal diagnostic radiology suite, a small animal fluoroscopy suite, a diagnostic ultrasound room, a computed tomography room and nuclear medicine suite. Both the computed tomography and the nuclear medicine rooms are equipped for use in large and small animals. Additional radiology and ultrasound equipment is available for mobile use in and outside the hospital. The different imaging modalities are interfaced with a PACS computer system. Multiple viewing stations are installed throughout the hospital.

Radiology and Fluoroscopy Suites

The hospital is equipped with multiple stationary and mobile x-rays machines with a Fuji digital radiography reading unit. One of the small animal radiology suites is equipped with a Bennett x-ray machine (450 mA, 125 kVp)and a floating table top, the other small animal radiology suite is equipped with a Sedecal x-ray machine (20mA, 80 kVp) with a floating table top. The large animal radiology suite is equipped with a CPI Millenia x-ray machine (630mA, 120 kVp) and and a telescoping grid support with electronic alignment to the tube. Additional, two MinXRay-HF80 portable x-ray machines (15mA, 80kVp) are available for mobile use in and outside the hospital. Two C-arm fluoroscopy units (GE OEC-9600 and GE OEC-9800) are available, one of them in the cardiology suite and one for mobile use in the hospital.

Ultrasound room

The hospital is equipped with a Philips IU-22 ultrasound machine capable of spectral, color flow, Doppler, harmonic and 3D imaging. Additionally two MyLab ultrasound systems are available for mobile use on small and large animals. All systems have multiple transducers

Computed Tomography Room

The hospital is equipped with a Toshiba Aquilion 64-slice Computed Tomography (CT) unit, which has a customized table capable of supporting anesthetized large animals, including horses as well as large camelids. This 64-slice CT scanner is currently the fastest and only one used in veterinary medicine in the United States. This high speed and precise machine is capable of capturing detailed 3-dimensional images of the entire body of small animals and legs, head, neck of large animals and sometimes the whole body of small horses, alpacas and llamas, thereby providing diagnostic information that cannot be obtained using other imaging techniques.

Our CT suite is also equipped with an E-Z-EM dual head injector for application of contrast, which allows us to detect injuries and abnormalities, that aren’t detectable using other imaging techniques.

Nuclear Medicine Room

The nuclear medicine room is equipped with an IS 2 gamma camera mounted to a free float lift system which allows us to move the camera to different positions. Images are sent to a dedicated computer work station equipped with the Mirage nuclear medicine processing software.

MRI Room

The hospital is equipped with a GE Signa Horizon 1 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit, in a trailer permanently located on site.  MRI is especially useful in imaging the brain and spine, as well as the soft tissue of joints and the interior structures of bones. The instrument is used primarily for dogs and cats, but it also can accommodate small horses, camelids, and small-sized  ruminants.