Nuclear Medicine - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in College Station, Texas Nuclear Medicine - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in College Station, Texas - Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Nuclear Medicine

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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The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Texas A&M offers both diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures. The procedures are performed and interpreted by experienced radiologists and technicians.


In diagnostic nuclear medicine, a radiopharmaceutical is administered to the patient. A radiopharmaceutical is a substance that contains a radioactive atom and is suitable for use in the diagnosis or treatment of disease. Radiopharmaceuticals are formulated to deliver the radioactive atoms to particular parts of the body. In diagnostic nuclear medicine, radiation emitted by the radioactive atom is detected by a camera, providing information related to the function, position, size, borders and shape of the organ in question. In many cases, nuclear medicine provides important clinical information that is not provided by other imaging modalities. In therapeutic nuclear medicine, emitted radiation can kill cells that have abnormally high metabolic activity. This is the best available treatment in cats for a common hormonal disease called hyperthyroidism. Nuclear medicine patients do not experience pain from their procedures, nor do they experience short-term (deterministic) side effects of radiation exposure.

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Texas A&M has the capability to perform the following nuclear medicine diagnostic procedures:

Diagnostic Test Conditions Tested For Species
Musculoskeletal scintigraphy Active bone disorders Horses, dogs, cats, others
Thyroid scintigraphy Disorders of the thyroid gland Dogs, cats
Transsplenic portal scintigraphy Congenital blood vessel abnormalities Horses (foals), dogs, cats
Glomerular filtration rate Disorders of the kidneys Dogs, cats
Diuretic renal scintigraphy Ureteral obstruction Dogs, cats
Pulmonary perfusion imaging Blood clots in the pulmonary arteries Dogs, cats
Right to left shunt analysis Congenital heart abnormalities Dogs, cats

In addition to the aforementioned diagnostic tests, Texas A&M has the ability to create new procedures or customize existing procedures to meet the needs the individual patient.

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Figure 1: This is an example of a thyroid scan on a cat with hyperthyroidism. There is increased uptake of radiopharmaceutical in the left, and to a lesser extent right lobe of the thyroid gland.

Figure 2: This a transsplenic portal scintigraphic image (summed static nuclear angiogram). There is an abnormal blood vessel bypassing the liver (maroon arrow, portosystemic shunt). The green arrow depicts the heart. The liver is located between the injection site in the spleen (blue arrow) and the heart. Cranial is to the right.

Figure 3: These are right lateral (A) and dorsal (B) musculoskeletal scintigraphic images of the neck of a horse with an infected intervertebral disk and adjacent vertebrae. There is increased uptake of radiopharmaceutical centered over the disk space between the fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae. In A, cranial is to the right. In B, cranial is to the top.


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.