The Diagnostic Imaging (sometimes referred to as Radiology) service at SASH allows specialist veterinarians to diagnose all manner of pet diseases, so that they can then pick the most appropriate treatment.
SASH boasts state of the art traditional and advanced imaging techniques, including:
- Digital x-ray
- Fluoroscopy (moving x-ray)
- CT (Computed Tomography)
Ultrasound is most frequently used to scan the abdomen, particularly for pets suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea. Ultrasound means vets can quickly diagnose diseases such as pancreatitis or intestinal obstructions and move on to appropriate treatments as early as possible to ensure the best outcome.
MRI is most commonly used for investigation of brain diseases (including seizures, brain tumours, strokes) as well as for many spinal diseases.
Our full-time Diagnostic Imaging specialists, Dr Richard Lam and Dr Katharina Flatz provide primary diagnostic imaging support for the rest of the specialist team, performing examinations, offering quality control and short turn-around in-house interpretation. Having radiologists on site improves the quality of patient care within the hospital by allowing the primary accession services at SASH (surgery, internal medicine, oncology, neurology, ophthalmology, dermatology, avian and exotics) to have immediate access to diagnostic imaging services.
Both Richard and Katharina are assisted by Susan Proctor who is a very experienced radiographer with expertise running the Siemens Essenza MRI used at our hospital.
The team is also supported by our radiology nurses and trainee nurses who also look after your pet during its ultrasound scans, CT scans and MRI procedure.
The Radiology Team has been structured to provide the best images and diagnostic outcomes for our patients.
For our new hospital located in Tuggerah on the Central Coast, we routinely perform radiographs and ultrasound examination and are very proud to offer CT examinations with our new 64 Slice Philips Brilliance CT scanner. That gives us the possibility to scan, even large dogs, in a short time with sedation only.
If your pet needs an MRI examination we can transport your cat or dog to our North Ryde hospital and back to Tuggerah after the examination. We have on-site radiology support on Wednesdays provided by Dr Katharina Flatz. The remaining days are supported off-site by the North Ryde Radiology team via teleradiology.