Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology)
The Diagnostic Imaging Section is fortunate to possess some of the very latest high-tech imaging equipment currently available.
A computed radiography system is currently in use, which has replaced the conventional system of producing and developing hard copy films (x-ray films are still produced specifically for student training), ensuring that images are immediately available to clinical staff and students via the faculty computer network.
Diagnostic imaging modalities such as fluoroscopy and ultra sound are regularly utilised – especially in dogs, cats and horses, and these images are also available in digital format.
A highly sophisticated and high-tech CT scanner is used to provide three-dimensional x-ray ‘slices’ for in-depth radiographic diagnostics.
Scintigraphy, which utilises a gamma camera, offers yet another state-of-the-art means of imaging patients in order to obtain the most accurate visual image for diagnostic purposes.
Clinic hours: 08.00 – 16.30 weekdays Tel +27 12 529 8108
All diagnostic imaging is done strictly by prior appointment with the clinic.
Animals may be shaved for some procedures – particularly ultrasound.
Important Note: In compliance with international safety regulations, and so as to protect personnel from the harmful effects of scatter radiation during radiographic procedures, PATIENTS ARE SEDATED OR FULLY ANAESTHETISED during the taking of radiographs.
Radiographs, etc, are performed not only on patients hospitalised in the OVAH, but also on patients referred by private veterinary practices. Survey radiographs for both hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia are performed on dogs registered with KUSA and other breed societies. Private veterinarians are welcome to call and arrange an appointment for their client’s animal.
Veterinarians wishing to refer critical or pregnant patients for radiographs should please take note of the above information regarding patient sedation/general anaesthesia, and discuss any concerns with the radiologist on duty Tel +27 12 529 8108.