A large proportion of animals seen at the hospital by our specialist-led disciplines will require some form of diagnostic imaging. These studies are carried out in a timely fashion, delivered with high quality care and assessed in detail. This service is delivered by a committed and conscientious diagnostic imaging team. The team draws it experience from a background of veterinary nurses, NHS-trained radiographers and is headed up by a veterinary radiologist with over 17 years experience in the field of radiology. In addition to our on-site team we have the added support and advice on image interpretation provided by some of Europe’s experts within Mars Veterinary Health, and beyond. Each patient is unique and can offer unique challenges.
Over the last few years, the diagnostic imaging department has benefitted from substantial investment with the purchase and installation of a Toshiba Aquilion Lightning 16-row helical CT scanner, a Siemens CIOS connect fluoroscopy unit, and an Esaote Veterinary Mylab Eight eXP ultrasound machine. These are operated along with a computed radiography suite and a Hitachi MRI scanner.
The combination of skill in acquiring good quality images together with the experience of interpretation in the clinical context means we can make swift decisions for the most appropriate care pathway for each individual patient. CT-assisted and ultrasound-guided biopsy techniques are regularly performed for enhanced diagnostic yield. Where applicable, this accommodates a minimally-invasive, low-morbidity and cost-effective route to securing expeditious diagnoses. Our collective goal, across the hospital specialties, is to inform and initiate a tailored treatment plan for the animals entrusted to our care, and their owners. The team shares an on-call rota to facilitate the provision of advanced imaging to patients referred as emergencies, when the clinical need warrants it, as determined by the specialist lead clinician.