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Computed Tomography
MRI Access

Advanced Medical Imaging Diagnostics

At Southpaws we invest in the most advanced medical imaging equipment to give faster and more accurate diagnosis, treatment and health outcomes for your pet. We offer:

  • Australia's fastest 16 slice veterinary computed tomography (CT)
  • mobile Xray allowing radiographs to be taken on the floor for patient comfort
  • Xray fluoroscopy to produce moving Xray images live during surgery
  • the latest ultrasound for gastro-intestinal, renal and other soft-tissue studies in internal medicine
  • a wide range of endoscope capabiities
  • 3D printing of volume rendered CT models for surgical planning
  • access to 1.5 Tesla MRI
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Ultrasonography is invaluable to veterinary medicine. It is a minimally invasive technique that images the internal organs of your pet. Southpaws has invested in the Esaote MyLabTwice, a human medicine ultrasound used extensively by our Internal Medicine Department. The ultrasonic probe is placed on the skin of the patient (with conducting gel) and the waves are detected back at the probe as they reflect off internal tissues and organs. Ultrasound is used for gastro-intestinal studies and to investigate the liver, spleen and kidneys, to find tumours and to examine adrenal glands, lymph nodes and the urinary system. With the MyLabTwice we can do Fine Needle Aspirate sampling of tissues without the need for anaesthetising the patient. The FNA is guided by the ultrasound imaging in real time and micro samples of tissues can be taken with no significant bleeding. Cats or dogs undergo minimal sedation and the procedure can be performed with owners present to comfort the patient. The MyLabTwice includes a number of technologies for imaging enhancement including direct visualization of blood echoes and high performance contrast enhanced ultrasound imaging.
Ultrasound Machine


Computed Tomography

Southpaws is proud to have the fastest CT scanner in Australia for animals, which allows more effective diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. CT scans can be performed in just 3-5 seconds, minimising the time patients are under anaesthesia. Patients also benefit from 3D volume rendering, offering complex spatial information from a single scan. Surgical sites can also be printed as models on our 3D printer. Our imaging equipment is world class and would be completely at home in the world's best human hospitals.

Our specialist surgeons Dr Charles Kuntz and Dr James Simcock have extensive experience with computed tomography - conducting and interpreting thousands of CT scans in their careers and presenting findings from important cases in the scientific literature.

Your pet does not need to be referred to us for your veterinarian to make use of our CT imaging facility and our interpretation services. We will offer opinions on any medical imaging to primary care veterinarians over the phone free of charge. When patients are referred to us, CT imaging is conducted and the patient can undergo immediate surgery with the benefit of only undergoing one anaesthetic procedure.

Southpaws has one of Australia's Most Advanced CT Scanners

Advanced Veterinary CT Scanner at Southpaws

Australia's Best Veterinary CT Scanner

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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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