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
Texas A&M has the capability to perform the following
nuclear medicine diagnostic procedures:
||Conditions Tested For
||Active bone disorders
||Horses, dogs, cats, others
||Disorders of the thyroid gland
|Transsplenic portal scintigraphy
||Congenital blood vessel abnormalities
||Horses (foals), dogs, cats
|Glomerular filtration rate
||Disorders of the kidneys
|Diuretic renal scintigraphy
|Pulmonary perfusion imaging
||Blood clots in the pulmonary arteries
|Right to left shunt analysis
||Congenital heart abnormalities
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.
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
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.