Cornell University Hospital for Animals

 

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Imaging Modalities

Radiography
Agfa DX-G CR
Commonly referred to as “x-rays”, radiographs are used widely in all species for examination of any body region. Radiographs are often the initial modality used to investigate a disease problem and can be diagnostic on their own or useful when recommending additional types of imaging.

Ultrasound
Philips IU-22 and ATL-5000
Sonography is commonly used by radiologists to evaluate the internal structure of organs, search for fluid accumulations, evaluate blood flow, detect infections, tumors, and help determine the extent of trauma. While abdominal sonography is our most common examination, all body regions can be examined. Our cardiologists use ultrasound for echocardiography – a specialized examination of the heart.

Computed Tomography (CT)
Toshiba Aquilion Large-Bore, 16-slice
CT scanning uses x-ray and sophisticated computer processing to render cross-sectional images of the body. The current CT equipment is fast enough to scan through an entire large-breed dog in under a minute and much less for a cat, rabbit or other small animal. While general anesthesia is necessary for some examinations, others can be obtained with sedation or very short acting anesthetics leading to faster and safer examinations. CT scanning is useful in the evaluation of trauma, neurological conditions in the back, chest and abdominal cancers, head and neck diseases, and for planning both surgical and radiation cancer treatments.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Toshiba Vantage Atlas 1.5 Tesla
MRI examines body structures using the property of nuclear magnetic resonance to stimulate with radiofrequency energy the nuclei of hydrogen atoms aligned in a strong magnetic field and detect those signals for imaging. MRI provides excellent contrast between soft tissues that are otherwise indistinguishable by other means, which makes it especially useful in imaging the nervous (brain and spinal cord) and musculoskeletal (muscles, tendons, ligaments) systems.

Nuclear Medicine
Alfa Nuclear
In nuclear medicine imaging, radiopharmaceuticals are injected into the animal and a gamma camera detects the distribution of the isotope in the body. These examinations are used mainly for the diagnosis of bone, thyroid, kidney and liver diseases. The radiation dose from the isotope is minimal and use is fully regulated by Environmental Health and Safety at Cornell and the New York State Health Department.

We offer I131 Radioiodine treatment for cats with hyperthyroidism.

Digital Fluoroscopy
Philips R/F and Ziehm C-arm
Fluoroscopy guides interventional procedures (placement of pacemakers, occlusive coils, and catheters) and is used to examine organ function (swallowing, tracheal collapse syndromes, and gastrointestinal motility). Examinations may be performed in the radiology suite on awake animals. The “C-arm” systems permit fluoroscopy in the operating room during surgery for real-time guidance in catheter placements and orthopedic repairs and prosthetic implantations.