Information for Pet Owners

We work closely with your veterinarian to provide the best care for your pet, and we are proud of the personal relationship we have with veterinarians throughout Austin and Central Texas.  All mobile ultrasound examinations are performed in conjunction with your veterinarian at his/her office. 

What is a board-certified veterinary radiologist (DACVR)?
An ACVR Board-Certified Radiologist (ACVR Diplomate) is veterinarian who has received advanced training in diagnostic imaging and has passed the American College of Veterinary Radiology Board Certification Examination. The radiologist diagnoses diseases by obtaining and interpreting medical images.  The imaging modalities used by an ACVR Radiologist include radiology, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine. A radiologist correlates medical image findings with other examinations and tests, recommends further examinations or treatments, and consults with the referring veterinarian - the primary care veterinarian who sends patients to the radiologist for imaging and diagnosis or sends medical images for interpretation.  (http://www.acvr.org/page/what-acvr-radiologist)

What is the American College of Veterinary Radiology?
The American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) is the certifying organization for diagnostic imaging recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.ACVR’s mission is “promoting the highest standards in veterinary radiology, radiation oncology and related sciences through education and research.”  (Link to http://www.acvr.org)

What role does a veterinary radiologist play in the care of my pet?
A veterinary radiologist plays a vital role in the health care management of your pet. Your pet’s veterinarian may consult with a board-certified radiologist to interpret x-rays or to perform advanced imaging studies such as an ultrasound examination (sonogram). In addition to x-rays and ultrasound, advanced imaging studies such as computed tomography (CT or CAT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine studies are routinely performed by veterinary radiologists.

Why should I have a board-certified radiologist perform an ultrasound examination on my pet?
Board-certified radiologists are uniquely qualified to perform the highest quality examination and to provide the most accurate image interpretation. Our extensive training and experience allows us to correlate x-ray and ultrasound results with the overall clinical picture.  In addition, we are highly trained in the use of ultrasound-guided needle aspirates and biopsies. This allows us to provide safe and minimally invasive diagnoses for a wide variety of diseases, potentially eliminating the need for surgery.

In veterinary medicine, ultrasound examinations can be performed by a variety of individuals such as primary care veterinarians as well as non-veterinarians (such as technicians trained in human ultrasonography).  These individuals have varying degrees of skill, experience and clinical knowledge.  By utilizing an ACVR Diplomate for an ultrasound exam, you can be assured that the doctor performing the study has the expertise and experience necessary to not only perform a complete imaging examination, but to also correlate the findings to your pet’s clinical history.