Diagnostic Imaging


Diagnostic imaging refers to the technologies used to produce images of the internal structures of the body to assist in obtaining an accurate diagnosis. These images, along with physical exam findings and the patient’s medical history, are used to identify the patient’s condition or disease.

The Diagnostic Imaging section at SLVS supports the entire hospital by providing radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, CT (also known as CAT scan), fluoroscopy, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) procedures. 

Procedures and services offered by our Diagnostic Imaging section:

  • Digital radiographs
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Echocardiogram
  • Thyroid, ocular, muscular, and thoracic ultrasound
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Teleradiology services
  • Care for cats receiving Radio-iodine treatment for feline hyperthyroidism 

Digital Radiography


State-of-the-art digital radiography with PACS, allows all diagnostic images to be viewed on any in-house workstation..

Routine Radiographic Procedures

  • Orthopedic
  • Neurological
  • Thoracic
  • Cardiovascular
  • Urinary
  • GI
  • Hepatic
  • Nasal

Special Radiographic Procedures

  • Esophagram
  • Upper GI
  • Barium enema
  • Intravenous urogram
  • Cystograph/urethrograph
  • Portovenogram
  • Osseous venogram

CT Scan – Computed Tomography

Computed tomography (CT) creates cross sectional images, or slices, that provide a continuous x-ray. The sequence of slices can be reconstructed into thinner images for higher resolution and accuracy. Sequences can also be reformatted into different planes, like sagittal or coronal, post-processing in order to obtain a full 360o view of the area imaged. 

Newly installed in December 2015, our 16 slice CT Scanner, is the most technologically advanced veterinary CT in Houston and the surrounding areas. Added health benefits include shorter anesthesia times and a reduced chance of missing intricate details (like a small lung mass, for instance). The diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic abilities of our Oncology, Neurology, Surgery, and Internal Medicine Sections have been significantly enhanced.



Case studies:

Nasal Tumor: soft tissue filling the right nasal sinus and erosion and destruction of the nasal turbinates and the medial orbital bone.

Metastatic lung tumor that was blurred on conventional radiography by the heart and chest wall.

Metastatic neoplasia to the liver not visible on conventional radiography.

This is a tumor in the ear of a cat. The mass has grown to involve the tympanic membrane (ear drum).

Subarachnoid cyst that had resulted in paralysis of the rear limbs.

Left adrenal tumor.



Color Flow Doppler Ultrasound with numerous varying frequency transducers

Ultrasound Examination

  • Cardiac
  • Abdominal
  • Thoracic
  • Pleural
  • Neonatal and juvenile brain

Ultrasound Guided Percutaneous Biopsies

  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Spleen
  • Prostate gland
  • Pulmonary
  • Stomach and intestina
  • Mesentric
  • Subcutaneous mass

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Meet our 1.5 Tesla MRI unit that is the preferred modality for several areas of the body, especially the brain and spinal cord. MRI is also the diagnostic gold standard for evaluation of pulmonary or thoracic neoplasia. CT and MRI studies require anesthesia as the patient must be still during the procedure.


1.5 Tesla MRI


MRI with patient


MRI control room

All of these imaging modalities are networked for use in all areas of the hospital.

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