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Why does my pet need advanced imaging?

Advanced imaging allows a veterinarian the ability to visualize tissues, organs, and bones with a non-invasive procedure. It also provides the location and size of a possible abnormality. R.I.V.E.R.’s advanced imaging services can provide diagnostic studies based on your pet’s medical history. Our goal is to provide exceptional service in a safe and clean environment.

Reasons to do a CT Scan:
  • Nasal discharge or swelling
  • Chronic ear discharge
  • Problems walking
  • Spinal issues
  • Changes in respiration
  • Diseases of the abdominal cavity
  • Suspicion of possible tumors

Advanced Imaging 2A CT scan uses radiation to produce images. It requires mild sedation so that the animal remains still during the procedure. A typical CT scan takes 15-20 minutes to complete and sometimes involves a contrast agent to “enhance” the area of concern.

Reasons to do an MRI:
  • Seizures
  • Behavioral changes
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Suspicion of tumor in the brain or spinal cord
  • Malformations
  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)

An MRI exam can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the exam that is ordered. The animal is under general anesthesia and carefully monitored during this time. An MRI uses a magnet and radio frequencies to produce images. A contrast agent can be given as well.

How to prepare for your pet’s visit:
  • Your veterinarian will send us a referral form in advance to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.
  • Blood work and pertinent x-rays should be done within 2 weeks of the procedure.
  • Please do not feed your pet after 10pm the night before the procedure. It is fine for your pet to have water.
  • Your pet will have an IV catheter placed for the procedure to give sedation.
  • After the procedure, we will notify you when your pet is awake and ready to go home.
  • Your veterinarian will be sent a copy of the report from the procedure.
  • If necessary, a follow up appointment will be made with one of our specialists for further medical treatment.

To schedule an advanced imaging procedure, you will need a referral from your primary care veterinarian.

Our Diagnostic Imaging Team

Veterinary Specialist

Our Diagnostic Imaging Services

Abdominal Ultrasonography Abdominocentesis and Cystocentesis
Computed Tomography CT Scanning
Digital Radiography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI
Nuclear Medicine Scintigraphy
OFA and PennHip Evaluations
Thoracic Ultrasonography Thoracocentesis
Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration

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