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Large Animal Radiology

For large animal appointments call (979) 845-3541 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day
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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)

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The large animal hospital is fully equipped with two Eklin digital radiography systems (DR) and an AGFA computed radiography system (CR).

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 gastrointestinal tracts.

Contrast procedures

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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 draining tracts.


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 available.

How to submit a case for interpretation

To submit a case for interpretation, you must first do both of the following:

  1. Call 979-845-9081 to receive image upload (or delivery) instructions, provide billing information, and receive client-patient information form
  2. And submit client-patient information form to radreferrals@cvm.tamu.edu . (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)

Pricing

  • 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.