Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology)

Imaging Modalities

Digital Radiography

WSU is a filmless facility using digital radiography for both small and large animals. This includes flat panel detector systems and computed radiography. In addition to thoracic, abdominal, and musculoskeletal imaging of a variety of species we also image the spine, thorax, and abdomen of large animals such as the horse.

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Ultrasound has become an indispensable imaging modality in all species in veterinary medicine. We provide expertise in the ultrasonographic evaluation of the abdomen, thorax, musculoskeletal system, and small parts (ocular, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, etc.). Ultrasound is also used routinely to safely guide tissue sampling for biopsies and aspirates.

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Ultrasound Images


Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

A state-of-the-art 16 slice CT scanner allows for rapid acquisition of images in all species. It is routinely used for imaging of the skull and spine, thorax, abdomen, and multiple musculoskeletal disorders. Often this is accomplished without the use of general anesthesia. Reconstruction algorithms allows for visualization in multiple planes as well as three dimensional rendering. This has revolutionized our ability to understand complex anatomic abnormalities.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

WSU has a proud history of MRI use since its installation in 1996. Magnetic resonance imaging has evolved to be the standard in advanced imaging of many structural and functional abnormalities in veterinary patients. It is highly effective in the diagnosis of many internal medical problems and in planning surgery or radiotherapy of the brain, spine, and other areas of the body. We also provide quality imaging and interpretation for the distal limb, head disorders in adult horses, as well as full body imaging of young foals, calves and small camelids.



WSU offers real time fluoroscopic capabilities allowing for dynamic imaging of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts. Fluoroscopy is also used for interventional procedures of the heart and repair of complex orthopedic cases.


Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine allows the detection of disease based on physiologic rather than anatomic changes. It is extremely helpful in localization of lameness in horses where the cause can be difficult to identify by conventional methods. It can also be used to evaluate renal function (global or individual), portosystemic shunts, diseases of the thyroid gland, bone tumors, and early detection of metastatic disease.


Linear Accelerator

The WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital through the oncology section offers options for radiation treatment of tumors for both palliative and curative treatment plans. For selected cases, radiosurgery (one treatment) is available. All traditional species including horses can be treated. We work closely with the oncology section for the diagnosis, staging, and treatment planning of oncology patients.

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