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:
- Behavioral changes
- Suspicion of tumor in the brain or spinal cord
- 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.