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 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.
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.
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 CT is a high end system used worldwide for both veterinary and human imaging.
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 and various other 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 MRI 0.25 tesla open system is designed especially for small animals.
Outpatient CT and MRI Imaging Services
A pet owner interested in having such diagnostic imaging, please contact your local veterinary service for referral or contact the General Medical Service at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital on 02 9351 3437 about your pet.