Digital Diagnostic Imaging Services

 

University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney (UVTHS) is a fully digital Radiology Department comprising of the following services:

  • Picture Archive and Communications System (PACS);
  • General and Computed Radiography (CR);
  • Ultrasound (US);
  • Computed Tomography (CT);
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) systems.

The benefits of Digital Imaging are numerous as the system allows easy imaging access to veterinarians, researchers and students. Clients are able to review pet’s images with their veterinarian during consultation, making the diagnosis and treatment process more efficient. A CD, containing pet’s images and radiology reports can be made available on request.

When visiting the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney (UVTHS), please supply all relevant x-rays and reports of your pet. This will be entered to the UVTHS PACS systems, where a comprehensive database of patient's record is created. This allows comparison of new studies with previous examinations and is accessible to clinicians at any subsequent visit.

Digital Radiology has proven to be a valuable learning tool for veterinary students. Having access to digital images means that students learn about diagnostic imaging procedures, compare clinical reports and cases and have access to the Radiology Teaching Database.

All imaging modalities are DICOM 3.0 compliant.

General X-Ray and Computed Radiography

University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney (UVTHS) has two radiology suites for general diagnostic imaging service utilising latest in Fuji CR technology.

GENERAL RADIOLOGY

General radiology services include all routine diagnostic X-ray procedures plus Image Intensified Video-fluoroscopy for myelography, excretory urogram, retrograde vaginourethrogram and other real time procedures.

COMPUTED RADIOGRAPHY (CR)

CR technology has enabled the UVTHS to enhance standard X-ray images through the use of optimised radiographic algorithms. Studies have been further improved with the use of High Detail and High Speed cassettes depending upon the needs of examination. High detail bone imaging or fast chest radiographs are easily obtained with CR imaging.

Orthopaedic Templating for surgical planning is another advantage of digital radiology. Our surgeons can plan hip or knee pin surgery in advance of the actual procedure to insure the best patient’s outcome possible.

IBIS WING

FELINE ABDOMEN

FELINE ASTHMA

Ultrasound

Philips Medical System supported the purchase of a Philips 5000 digital ultrasound machine. The advantage of Ultrasound lies in its real-time imaging ability to evaluate heart function and vessel patency, plus provide valuable measurements of organ size and function. Ultrasound is the gold standard for imaging in the areas of cardiac, abdomen, pelvis and foetal studies.

Examinations available are:

  • Abdominal, cardiac and vascular studies performed using B-mode,
  • Colour flow Doppler, pulsed wave Doppler and continuous wave Doppler,
  • Harmonic imaging and contrast ultrasound.

Ultrasound guided procedures include:

  • Fine needle aspirates, though the needle biopsies,
  • Therapeutic or diagnostic abdominocentesis,
  • Thoracocentesis or pericardiocentesis.

PANCREAS

CANINE KIDNEY

BLADDER LESION

Computed Tomography (CT)

CT imaging provides the UVTHS with high resolution cross sectional imaging of brain, spine, chest, abdominal and limb examinations.

CT imaging strength lies in its ability to image quickly for chest and abdominal studies so that images are not affected by the pet’s breathing. Exquisite bone detail is easily obtained for skull, sinuses, spine or limb studies.

The digital images can be rebuilt and viewed in a 3D volume movie providing additional information to veterinarians. The 16 Slice Philips Brilliance 3.0 is a high end system used worldwide for both veterinary and human imaging.

CANINE CHEST

3D DOG PELVIS

CANINE NASAL

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI strength is seen in its ability to image soft tissues structures such as brain, eyes, pituitary gland, spinal cord, nerves, muscles, tendons and can differentiate normal tissue from tumours pr various disease processes.

MRI of the brain is often used to evaluate and define tumour types, infection, seizure disorders, strokes, hydrocephalus and other damage as a result of trauma. MRI of the spine is used for diagnoses of spinal cord tumours or syrinx, herniated disks, spinal cord compression and cord inflammation. Knee and hip MRI can be used to investigate tendon or ligament tears, bone or muscle tumours and inflammation.

The Esaote VET Grande is a 0.25 Tesla Open system designed especially for small animals. The Esaote is distributed by Jacobs’ Medical Systems.

CANINE BRAIN

CANINE LUMBOSACRAL SPINE

CANINE LEFT STIFLE

Outpatient CT and MRI Imaging Services

Examinations for Referring Specialists

University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney (UVTHS) provides CT and MR imaging services to radiologists and neurology, orthopaedic, oncology, ophthalmology and thoracic and gastro-intestinal veterinary specialists.

Our service is easy to use and can offer same day or next day appointments. If you are unsure which type of examination would be best suited in diagnosing patient's illness, please refer to “Best Practices for Ordering CT or MR Examinations”.

To Order CT or MR Examinations

  • A general or private practice veterinarian interested in using the advanced diagnostic imaging service, please contact
    Dr Mariano Makara mariano.makara@sydney.edu.aumariano.makara[at]sydney.edu.au or other specialists at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital on 02 9351 3437 about your patient.
  • A pet owner interested in having such diagnostic imaging, please contact your local veterinary service for referral or contact General Medical Service at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital on 02 9351 3437 about your pet.

What's on Offer to Specialists

  • CT examinations for skull, sinuses, spine, chest, abdomen and extremities;
  • MR Examinations for brain, orbit, pituitary, soft tissue neck, spines;
  • Full anaesthetic care before, during and after the procedure;
  • Radiology consultant's call to provide an immediate verbal diagnosis;
  • Radiology imaging report, including selected image for quick review;
  • CD containing all the patient's images.

Visiting veterinary staff have the option to stay at UVTHS with the patient during the procedure, or to leave the patient and return after the examination.

We do not provide patient transportation to and from the UVTHS at present time.

CT and MRI Imaging Services for Veterinary Specialists

How to Order CT/MR Examination?

Please use the step-by-step process outlined below when ordering either a CT or MR examination.

How to Order Outpatient CT examinations?

  1. Call 9036-9623 Ms. Helen Laurendet to schedule CT appointments.
    a. The appointment times will be arranged and co-ordinated with anaesthesia department.
    b. Helen will be the contact person for all aspects of the case, during and after the procedure.
  2. Fill out the Outpatient CT/MR Imaging Request Form and include:
    a. Patient information
    b. Exam requested in the CT section and the body part
    c. Clinical history
    d. Ask your Client to sign the section “Consent for Diagnostic Imaging and Anaesthesia at UVTHS” on the CT/MR Outpatient request form.
  3. Photocopy at least one (1) sheet of the patient's clinical history notes, relevant to the anaesthesiology and the diagnostic imaging procedure.
  4. FAX the referral and the photocopies of the patient’s clinical history to Fax: 9351-7436, preferably 24 hours before the appointment

How to Order Outpatient MRI examination?

  1. Call Ms Kathy Hughes on 0412 900 623 to schedule MR appointments.
    a. The appointment times will be co-ordinated with anaesthesia department.
    b. Kathy will be the contact person for all aspects of the case during and after the procedure.
  2. Fill out the Outpatient CT/MR Imaging Request Form and include:
    a. Patient information
    b. Exam requested in the MR section and the body part
    c. Clinical history
    d. Ask your Client to sign the section “Consent for Diagnostic Imaging and Anaesthesia at UVTHS” on the CT/MR Outpatient request form.
  3. Photocopy at least one (1) sheet of the patient's clinical history notes relevant to the anaesthesiology and the diagnostic imaging procedure.
  4. FAX the referral and the photocopies of the patient’s clinical history to Fax: 9351 7436, preferably 24 hours before the appointment.

Contact Radiologist Consultant to order Examination:

Diagnostic Imaging
Tel: 02 9351-3437

UVTHS Reception (8am –7pm)
Tel: 9351-3437
Fax: 9351 7436
After Hours Tel: 9036-9636
Address: 65 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, NSW 2006

Forms

Outpatient CT/MR Imaging Request Form (doc)

Guidelines

How to Order Outpatient CT/MR Examinations at UVTHS (pdf)

Outpatient CT and MRI Imaging Services

Best practices for ordering CT or MR Examinations

When ordering a CT or MR examination please use the chart below to select examination which is best suited to your patients' needs.

The table contains some typical clinical problems listing modality as the 1st or the 2nd choice in diagnosis.

 

Contact DIGITAL DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

Radiology Consult:
Tel: 02 9351 3437

To receive CT/MR Outpatient Referral Packet by mail contact:
Dr Mariano Makara
Email: mariano.makara@sydney.edu.au