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Advanced Imaging

Non-Invasive & Safe

MRI can lead to early detection and treatment by imaging soft tissue and providing information about your pet’s brain, spinal cord, sinus cavities, nose and ears, as well as, joints and internal organs. The Esaote Grande System, introduced to the US by Universal Medical Inc., is the first MRI system specifically designed and calibrated for imaging of companion animals such as dogs, cats, birds and rabbits. Its open design and comfortable patient bed make proper positioning of your pet extremely easy with minimal stress to the animal.

Because your pet is anesthetized for the 30 to 45 minute series of scans that create computerized images of the body part scanned, a 12 hour fast, preliminary blood work and thoracic radiographs may be needed or required. These images assist your veterinarian or radiologist with making a diagnosis and planning treatment.

MRI is a magnet and thus of minimal risk to your pet. We do ensure that there is no metal in your pet (fracture repair and such) that could affect the image quality. No radiation is used in MRI.

Areas You Can MRI

  • Brain
  • Spinal Cord
  • Ears/Bullae
  • Nasal Passages
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Ocular Disease
  • Abdomen
  • Prostate, Bladder, Liver, Spleen and More
  • Limbs
  • Any Mass

CT Scanner – Vimago Introduction

Suncoast Emergency & Specialty Center is the first hospital in the area to provide the most innovative, comprehensive CT scan technology designed specifically for veterinary medicine – the Vimago! It is the most advanced Robotic High Definition Computed Tomography, Fluoroscopy, and Digital Radiography platform, which allows us to perform seamless, whole body Digital Radiographic studies at res­o­lu­tions up to thirty times better than conventional digital radiography systems. With this cutting-edge equipment, we can now scan an entire patient in about a minute, with 80% less radiation than a conventional scanner.

The Vimago is the only imaging platform designed to meet the demands of a diagnostic and international system. Thanks to the mobility and the combined CT speed and Fluoroscopy system, our doctors can make a diagnosis and immediately be in a position to begin treatment, which may include surgery. This simple and quick transition from diagnosis to advanced treatments is not only more efficient and safer due to reduced anesthetic risks, but in some cases life-saving.

Highlights of the Vimago

  • More than 30x higher resolution than conventional CT scanner.
  • Up to 85% lower radiation than conventional CT scanner.
  • Technician with the patient the entire procedure.
  • Fluoroscopy ready- minimally invasive interventions.
  • Your pet will be sedated or anesthetized during the study, but will be under the constant care of our staff.
  • You can feel comfortable knowing your patient is receiving the best care possible because we are leveraging the most advanced imaging technology in the world to optimize the outcome.

Digital Radiology

Our hospital is equipped with the latest in GE technology with an oversized table for larger animals. The digital technique is the same as that of specialty spine and oncology centers in human medicine. Images are easily copied to a disc or emailed to you and your veterinarian. Consultations by off-site radiologists, when needed, are now much easier to obtain for these radiographs (x-rays) than before with often under a minimal turn around time.