Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging at Texas A&M
University is a service oriented department. The Large Animal
Diagnostic Imaging Service is fully staffed and includes five
senior faculty radiologists. The radiologists work closely with all
large animal services to provide the appropriate imaging exam for
the patient. In addition, all imaging studies are evaluated by a
senior faculty radiologist.
Imaging procedures are performed daily to aid with the diagnosis
of various ailments. Studies that are performed include:
Radiography (x-ray images), contrast procedures, Large Animal
Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine (bone scans).
With the opening of the Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer
Treatment center (DICTC) in fall of 2011, the hospital will
have the capability of performing large animal Computed Tomography
(CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) studies. The DICTC will
house a 40-slice CT and a wide bore 3.0 T MRI to provide faster and
clearer studies. With DICTC, the hospital will be able to provide
advanced imaging capabilities for improved detection and diagnosis
of various diseases. Additional applications for MRI and CT imaging
studies include utilizing the information for surgical and
treatment planning. All imaging studies utilize the latest in
digital technology and are archived within the hospital
computerized network (PACS).
Radiography (X-ray Images)
The large animal hospital is fully equipped with two Eklin
digital radiography systems (DR) and an AGFA computed radiography
An example of studies that may be performed on your animal
include radiography of the skull to evaluate for sinusitis, dental
disease or fractures; radiography of bones, joints or soft tissue
structures to evaluate for a clinical musculoskeletal lameness;
radiography of the thorax and abdomen to evaluate for internal
medical problems such as diseases of the respiratory and
Your clinician may decide to perform a contrast procedure. A
contrast agent is used to highlight various regions for improved
detection of abnormalities. Indications for contrast studies
include evaluation of the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract and
Interpretation of Referral Images
Our board certified veterinary radiologists offer interpretation
of radiographic images made by referring practices. This includes
interpretation of the following diagnostic imaging modalities
(radiography, CT, and MRI). A radiographic interpretation will be
provided, both with telephone and written report, within 1 business
day following the receipt of the images and information form.
This service is provided during normal weekday business hours.
No afterhours, weekend, or STAT interpretation is currently
How to submit a case for interpretation
To submit a case for interpretation, you must first do
both of the
- Call 979-845-9081 to receive image upload (or delivery)
instructions, provide billing information, and receive
client-patient information form
- And submit
client-patient information form to firstname.lastname@example.org
. (Only this email address should be used to submit the form and
requests for interpretation.) Please include the DVM’s name and
Hospital into the subject line.
Interpretation can only proceed following receipt of billing
information (referring DVM), client information, and patient
information (including signalment and pertinent history).
Images transferred in DICOM format are preferred. TIFF and JPEG
images can be submitted but may be of lesser diagnostic quality.
(No smaller than 150 DPI, Pixels/inch)
- Radiographic Interpretation (<10 Images): $68
- Radiographic Interpretation (≥ 10 images): $80.00
- MRI/CT Interpretations= $100.00 for primary area (i.e. spine,
thorax, abdomen, head, pelvis, limb; post-contrast images
included), $50 for each secondary area.