It is very unlikely that you will meet one of the members of the Imaging team when you visit the hospital, yet the service sees most of the pets that come through our doors and are vital in the functioning of the hospital.
The team are responsible for performing and interpreting all of the imaging done at Langford Vets including the X-rays, ultrasound scans, Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning.
If your pet requires an imaging study, the first person they are likely to meet is one of our NHS-trained radiographers or our imaging nurse. They will run the equipment acquiring the highest possible quality images. These images are then passed to our team of radiologists for interpretation and subsequent discussion with our other services. We have four specialist radiologists supported by three residents (specialists-in-training).
XR: Radiography remains the primary modality for imaging the chest and for limbs.
CT: CT allows multiple “slices” to be acquired through patients offering more detail than radiography alone. It is particularly good at imaging the head, joints, the chest and the abdomen.
MRI: MRI is the newest of the modalities yet it offers unparalleled detail of soft tissues. It is particular good for imaging the brain and the spinal cord so is most utilised by our neurology service although other services will at times also perform MRIs.
US: Ultrasound is used for imaging the abdomen and musculoskeletal structures. It is therefore most commonly used for looking at the gastrointestinal tract, the liver and pancreas. Ultrasound is also used where we need to sample tissues to allow us to visualise lesions as we sample them.