Diagnostic Imaging
Computed Tomography
Computed Radiography
Ultrasound
Endoscopy / Arthroscopy / Laparoscopy
MRI Access

 

Medical Imaging
Diagnostics
Computed Tomography
MRI Access

Radiotherapy Suite

Laboratory

Diagnostic Imaging at South Paws

We believe that state-of-the-art equipment is essential to provide the best care possible for out patients. All of our departments offer some of the best imaging equipment that is available for animals anywhere in the world.

Computed Tomography

Southpaws is proud to have the fastest CT scanner in Australia for animals, which will allow more effective diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases. CT scans can be performed in just 3-5 seconds, thereby minimising the time patients are under anaesthesia. Patients also benefit from three-dimensional volume rendering, offering complex spatial information from a single scan. This machine would be completely at home in the Alfred Hospital or Royal Children’s Hospital.

Dr Charles Kuntz DVM DACVS has extensive experience with computed tomography and is one of the very few practising veterinarians in Australia licensed to operate a CT. When required, expert interpretation by US Board Certified radiologists is also available via telemedicine.

The CT imaging facility is now available to all companion animals, whether cases are sent for specialist referral or purely for diagnostic imaging and immediate return to your primary care vet. In cases where patients are referred for imaging and treatment, the integrated service can allow imaging, interpretation and treatment to occur in a seamless and efficient process, often with only one general anaesthetic episode.

Whether referring purely for imaging, or for further diagnostic work-up and treatment at the Centre, CT can drastically improve both diagnosis and subsequent patient treatment.

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Computed Radiography

Southpaws has invested in a computed radiography system to improve the quality of our radiographs, reduce the need for retakes and thus minimise your pets exposure to radiation.

The Centre has a human quality Visitor Mobile X-ray Unit and a Kodak Point-of-Care CR 140 digital x-ray system, which enables us to capture high-quality x-ray images of any body part. All imagine parameters are optimized, resulting in digital images that can be enhanced, enlarged, duplicated and are able to be transferred onto CDs or DVDs.

Our x-ray machine can be used to take radiographs on special orthopaedic beds on the floor to improve patient comfort and reduce the need for unnecessary sedation. This enables us to combine state-of-the-art technology with compassionate care to obtain the most accurate diagnosis.

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Ultrasound

Ultrasonography is an invaluable tool for practicing veterinary medicine. It is a minimally invasive imaging modality that allows us to examine the internal organs of your pet. Often an ultrasound can be performed with the animal awake, in some cases a light sedation may be required to help your animal relax while the scan is performed.

An ultrasound allows us to obtain images and potentially to diagnose disease affecting the heart, lungs and abdominal organs such as the liver, spleen, gastrointestinal tract, adrenal glands and lymph nodes. It also allows us to obtain samples of various tissues under ultrasound guidance.

At Southpaws we have invested in the very best in ultrasound technology to allow the greatest chance of obtaining an accurate diagnosis.

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Endoscopy/Arthroscopy/Laparoscopy

Video endoscopy allows us to look inside the body without making a surgical incision. At Southpaws we have a large number of flexible and rigid scopes that enable us to examine many areas of the body. We have combined these scopes with high definition cameras to ensure that the picture quality obtained is of the highest possible standard.

Our internal medicine department use these scopes for examination of the gastrointestinal, upper respiratory and urinary tract and nasal cavity.

Our surgeons also use these telescopes for examination, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting joints (shoulder, elbow and knee), the thoracic cavity and the abdominal cavity. A large number of procedures can be performed with a scope or with scope assistance. These procedures are generally less invasive than comparable open procedures meaning less discomfort and more rapid recovery for your pet.

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MRI Access

Southpaws has daily access to an external 1.5 Tesla MRI. Patients are transported to the facility under the direct supervision of a Veterinarian and nurse. All patients are placed under a fully monitored anaesthetic whilst the MRI is taking place. The accompanying Veterinarian stays in the room with the patient to ensure that any anaesthetic needs are attended to as soon as they arise. The scan is then transferred to a DVD and brought back to the clinic for full analysis.

This allows Southpaws to offer the best available technology to diagnose and better localise lesions in the nervous system.


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