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Following assessment of an organ and the surrounding structures, ultrasound imaging is used to guide needle placement into a selected tissue or cavity. A sample of tissue or fluid may be drawn through the needle as an aspirate to analyze the cells or other contents of the sample (cytology and microbiology). A larger needle may be used to retrieve a small piece of solid tissue for a core-biopsy to analyze the architecture of the tissue (histopathology). Ultrasound guidance is commonly used to remove fluid from the chest cavity (thoracocentesis) and abdominal cavity (abdominocentesis).

Diagnostic Imaging

Welcome to VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center's Diagnostic Imaging Department.

With four board-certified radiologists working exclusively from this location, and a full complement of imaging systems, our radiology department is the best-staffed one in this area, allowing us to provide the most complete and comprehensive imaging for anatomy and function available.

Our diagnostic imaging services include:

  • Ultrasonography (abdominal, thoracic, soft tissue)
  • Ultrasound guided needle aspirates and biopsies
  • Digital radiology (standard xray and contrast procedures)
  • Digital fluoroscopy (moving or 'live-action' radiographic studies)
  • 2D/3D spiral CT scanning

Our Diagnostic Imaging Services

Abdominal Ultrasonography-Abdominocentesis and Cystocentesis
Computed Tomography (CT scanning)
Digital Radiography
Fluoroscopy

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