Diagnostic Imaging Service


The UVTHC’s diagnostic imaging service is committed to providing the very best high quality diagnostic images and interpretation for patients at the hospital. The service is staffed by a registered specialist in Diagnostic Imaging and experts in large and small animal imaging as well as an imaging resident and qualified veterinary nurse.

The University Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Camden has undergone a carefully structured upgrade of facilities that ensures we continue to provide high quality care with world class equipment. This facility can now provide a ‘one-stop’ centre for imaging cases, with all the necessary equipment available onsite, together with a dedicated team of experienced veterinarians in the fields of lameness, imaging and MRI in particular.

   

MRI
The Hallmarq MRI is the first and only facility in Australia available for imaging the limbs of horses. This MRI provides high quality images in standing horses, without the risks associated with general anesthesia. Exquisitely detailed bone and soft tissue images can be obtained that are so valuable in horses with lameness within the foot and navicular region. This enables our clinicians to establish an accurate diagnosis of common bone and soft tissue injuries that are not able to be diagnosed with any other modality. The MRI scans are read onsite by veterinarians who are trained in imaging and experts in the field of equine MRI. This allows for a rapid and an accurate diagnosis to be obtained. An accurate diagnosis is essential to enable treatment and rehabilitation to be tailored each horse’s individual injury and will allow the highest chance to return valuable animals to full performance as soon as possible. The MRI is also available to aid in the diagnosis of conditions within the fetlock, hock and knees of horses.

We also have access to the Esaote VET Grande, a 0.25 Tesla Open system designed especially for small animals, at our Camperdown clinic. In small animals MRI’s strength is seen in its ability to image soft tissues structures such as brain, eyes, pituitary gland, spinal cord, nerves, muscles, tendons and can differentiate normal tissue from tumours in various disease processes.

MRI of the brain is often used to evaluate and define tumour types, infection, seizure disorders, strokes, hydrocephalus and other damage as a result of trauma. MRI of the spine is used for diagnoses of spinal cord tumours or syrinx, herniated disks, spinal cord compression and cord inflammation. Knee and hip MRI can be used to investigate tendon or ligament tears, bone or muscle tumours and inflammation.

Ultrasonography
A new state of the art Phillips ultrasound with specifically selected probes for both equine and small animal imaging is producing outstanding soft tissue and cardiac images. This machine is being used for diagnosis of conditions within the chest, abdomen, eyes and throat as well as tendons and ligaments. Our team of specialists in surgery, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging are able to maximise the diagnostic capacity of this machine bringing an improved capacity for non-invasive diagnostics. The ultrasound is also being used to provide high quality images to guide cutting edge therapies such as intra-lesional stem cell injections for tendon and ligament injuries.

Nuclear Scintigraphy
The University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden is proud to offer the most advanced nuclear scintigraphy unit in veterinary practice anywhere in the world. The Skylight Oceania gamma camera is state-of-the-art technology offering superior imaging and the ability to scan two sides of the animal at the same time. The high quality images obtained allow rapid diagnosis of a range of conditions, from fractures and bony lesions, to aiding in the work-up of lamenesses in high performance horses that are unable to be diagnosed using other methods. The Skylight system is also uniquely suited for nuclear medicine studies of small animals.

Radiology / Digital Imaging
The University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden recently installed a digital imaging system that allows us to take and store high quality digital radiographs. This new digital imaging and archiving system has been supplemented by 2 new fixed and 2 mobile radiology machines which permit us to take radiographs of all parts of the horse. This equipment provides extraordinarily high quality diagnostic images which can be downloaded onto CD, or printed onto film to provide your veterinarian with a record of the images obtained from your animal’s workup.