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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.