Our dedicated medical specialists and registrars perform many types of ultrasound studies including:
Ultrasound Guided Biopsy Procedures
Ultrasound technology can be used to obtain minimally invasive biopsy samples in a variety of situations. An ultrasound procedure is performed initially to gauge the suitability for this procedure. A small gauge biopsy needle, or a fine needle, are used to obtain a sample. These procedures are usually performed under sedation or anaesthesia.
Many of the more detailed studies are performed under sedation or anaesthesia to allow our team to obtain the best possible images with the least exposure to your pet possible.
Myelogram is an imaging modality used to access the spinal cord. Contrast material (dye) is inserted into the sac around the spinal cord (the subarachnoid space) and radiographs are taken. If the lesion is not found using myelography, a CT scan or MRI is often advised. This procedure is used for intervertebral disc disease (slipped disc), spinal cord tumours and spinal injuries.
We have a human radiographer who assists with the CT studies. Many patients will receive a contrast injection during this procedure. As CT requires the patient to be very still, patients must be anaesthetised for this procedure and they may be hospitalised overnight to ensure their safe recovery.
Many patients will receive a contrast injection during the procedure, and may be hospitalised overnight to ensure they recover well from the anaesthesia. We work in close conjunction with specialist veterinary radiologists to ensure the best interpretation of our MRI and CT studies so we achieve the best outcome for your pet.
Veterinary Specialist Services is extremely fortunate to have access to a high field MRI unit at the University of Queensland if required.
Veterinary Specialist Services is proud to use the safest and most up-to-date anaesthetic agents and equipment. Every anaesthetic is tailored to your pet's individual requirements and a thorough pre-anaesthetic assessment is carried out before every anaesthetic, including blood tests and assessment by other specialists as required. It is important to remember that any anaesthesia involves some very small risk to the patient. The staff at VSS take every precaution to ensure the safety and well being of your pet.