Your animal may need to be sedated or anesthetized to prevent movement during imaging. We do this when we anticipate that the procedure might be uncomfortable or even painful, if the animal is anxious, and whenever we expect that not holding perfectly still would defeat the procedure – motion is the bane of imaging! We work with your primary Cornell veterinarian to decide which sedative or anesthetic is most appropriate. Radiographs and ultrasound are often done “awake”, sometimes with a sedative, and occasionally, when necessary, we manually restrain the animal. We minimize manually holding animals for radiographs to limit our own exposure to x-radiation. Equine patients are always under general anesthesia for CT and MRI. Anesthesiologists are available to consult on all cases and ensure the safety of your animal.
We interpret images and provide an oral report on the same day the study is obtained followed by a written report. For hospitalized animals, emergency imaging and interpretation is available 24 - 7 - 365, by residents and faculty on back-up.