Diagnostic Imaging

All diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) have been trained for 3-4 years after graduating from veterinary school, and have passed an exam giving them specialist status (DACVR). The ACVR also certifies veterinarians who specialize in radiation therapy for animals with cancer, which is called radiation oncology. Veterinary Radiologists are experts in interpreting radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) and nuclear scintigraphy in animals.


What is Hemangiosarcoma?

Hemangiosarcoma is a highly malignant cancerous tumor that originates from blood vessels often in the spleen or heart although may occur in any blood vessels in the body.  The cancer commonly spreads to other organs including liver, lungs, heart, brain, spinal cord, skin, and muscles. Read more about Hemangiosarcoma

Bladder Tumors - TCC


Our pets’ urinary systems function much like those of humans. They consist of the kidneys, the ureters, the urinary bladder, and the urethra. The kidneys filter the blood to remove wastes from the bloodstream, and also maintain the electrolyte, or salt, balance of the body. That waste then becomes urine, and travels through the ureters to the bladder, which is able to expand thanks to the transitional cells that make up its lining and its muscular wall. When an animal urinates, the urine passes out of the body through the urethra.

The most common type of urinary bladder cancer in dogs is transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) - a tumor of the cells that line the bladder. Most tumors are classified as intermediate to high-grade infiltrative bladder tumors at the time of diagnosis.

TCC can also arise in the ureters, urethra, prostate, or vagina and can spread (metastasize) to the lungs, lymph nodes, bones, or other organs. Approximately 20% of dogs with bladder cancer have metastases at the time of diagnosis. Other less common types of tumors of the bladder cancer of the urinary tract may include leiomyosarcomas and fibrosarcomas. Read more about Bladder Tumors - TCC

Corneal Ulcers

The cornea is the clear portion at the very front of the eye. The cornea has three layers: epithelium, stroma and endothelium. The outside layer is epithelium just like our skin but without hair and normally without pigment. The epithelial layer is thicker in the cornea of the dog than the cat. The epithelium is water-tight so that neither tears outside the cornea nor fluid from within the eye can get past the epithelium. Lining the cornea is one cell layer of endothelium similar to the cells that line blood vessels. Read more about Corneal Ulcers


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is state-of-the-art, but more importantly, it is also pet-safe technology, enabling your board-certified veterinarian to clearly point out health concerns in your pets and quickly establish the best way to treat them. Advanced imaging is becoming a necessary tool in veterinary medicine, so it's important that veterinarians and owners understand the technology of magnetic resonance imaging. Read more about MRI