Diagnostic Imaging

VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital Referral Services offer a multitude of diagnostic imaging techniques and equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of our patients.

Included among the many imaging and diagnostic services we offer the following:

Digital Radiography

Digital radiography is state-of-the-art technology that provides a quicker and clearer x-ray image. Similar to a digital photo, a digital radiograph can be manipulated after it is taken allowing our doctors to view the image in ways that are not possible with film technology. These radiographs can be viewed on the Internet from any computer. The doctors at OVRS are able to send images via the Internet to the board-certified radiologists at Eagle Eye Radiologists in Cardiff, California allowing rapid image interpretation.


Ultrasound allows visualization of body organs by the use of safe and non-invasive sound waves and thus rarely requires the use of sedation or anesthesia. Abdominal ultrasounds are often performed to evaluate the liver, gall bladder, kidneys, adrenal glands, urinary bladder, stomach, small intestines, pancreas, colon, peritoneum, spleen, lymph nodes and the prostate or uterus. In many cases, ultrasound imaging and/or ultrasound guided biopsies may preclude the need for major surgery. If an ultrasound guided biopsy is necessary, sedation and/or anesthesia may be required.


Echocardiography allows visualization of the heart to evaluate the heart’s function in detail. Several sets of measurements can be made which aid in the determination of type and severity of a pet’s heart dysfunction. This information aids veterinarians in prescribing medication that can alleviate signs and symptoms of heart disease. It can also be used as a monitoring technique. Generally, no sedation or anesthesia is required for this advanced imaging of the heart. Echocardiograms at OVRS are performed by board-certified veterinary cardiologists. Echocardiograms are often performed due to suspected heart disease, fluid around the heart or in the chest, evaluation of heart murmurs, or suspected chest or heart tumors.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a relatively new technology that is revolutionizing diagnostic imaging in veterinary medicine. To perform an MRI scan, the patient is placed under anesthesia and is positioned on an imaging table within a large MRI scanner. Powerful magnetic fields are administered to align the nuclei within the atoms of the patient’s body. Then radio-frequency pulses are applied until the nuclei finally release some of the radio-frequency energy. It is these emissions that are detected by the MRI equipment. Using this data, a computer generates a surprisingly detailed view of tissues within the body. MRI’s are frequently used to detect diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and other soft tissue areas of the body.

Anesthesia is required for veterinary patients undergoing MRI imaging to prevent movement and obtain the most accurate diagnostic images. The length of anesthesia time is relatively short, and patients are well monitored during the procedure using equipment that measures heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation levels.

Our Diagnostic Expertise

Our Diagnostic Expertise

  • Bronchoscopy

  • Colonoscopy

  • Cystoscopy

  • Digital radiography (X-ray)

  • Endoscopic biopsy

  • Endoscopy

  • Gastric and esophageal foreign body retrieval

  • Laryngoscopy

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

  • Otoscopy

  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement

  • Proctoscopy

  • Rhinoscopy

  • Special radiography:

    • Angiography

    • Arthrography

    • Contrast radiography

    • Cystography

    • Fistulography

    • Myelography

  • Ultrasound Services:

    • Abdominal

    • Thoracic

    • Color-flow doppler

    • Cardiac

    • Contrast studies

  • Upper gastrointestional tract