Cornell University Veterinary Specialists 24 Hour Emergency and Critical Care

Diagnostic Imaging

Specilaity ImagingCUVS provides the latest innovations in advanced imaging for companion animals. In the case that blood work and physical examination alone will not provide a complete set of answers, advanced imaging modalities allow us to look inside your pet, without requiring invasive surgery. Should the need arise for further evaluation, images can be reviewed by a board-certified radiologist from the Radiology Section at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca, NY. There are several forms of imaging that we have available at our facility:

  • Digital Radiographs (X-Rays) - Our facility uses the state-of-the-art Eklin Digital System, and features two fully equipped imaging suites.
  • Ultrasound - Veterinary ultrasound machines are just like the ones used by human doctors to scan babies in the womb. Sound waves are directed through the area the veterinarian wants to examine, and some of them are reflected back like an echo. These echoes are detected by a special computer which uses them to produce a map of the inside of your pet. CUVS uses the GE Logiq 9 ultrasound system.
  • Echocardiogram - Echocardiography is a diagnostic test that uses ultrasound waves to produce an image of the heart muscle and the heart's valves. This test will allow us to accurately assess your pet's heart function and to diagnose any current or potential cardiac problems. Our hospital utilizes GE Vivid 7 echocardiography.
  • CT Scan (CAT Scan) - is a painless yet sophisticated x-ray procedure. Multiple images are taken during a CT scan, and a computer compiles them into complete, cross-sectional pictures ("slices") of soft tissue, bone, and blood vessels. A CT scan obtains 3D images of parts of the body that cannot be seen on a standard x-ray. Therefore, these scans often result in earlier diagnosis and more successful treatment of many diseases. This does require your pet to undergo a short anesthesia. CUVS is equipped with a 4-slice Toshiba Aquilion CT.
  • Fluoroscopy (C-arm) - utilizes X-rays to produce a live, real time, "moving" 2D image that is displayed on a TV screen. Sometimes referred to as an x-ray image intensifier, the C-arm allows low intensity x-rays to be amplified. This results in a smaller dose of radiation to your pet and allows the veterinarian to easily view structures being imaged in real time. This does require your pet to undergo a short anesthesia. CUVS uses a Philips Pulsera mobile C-arm system.
  • Angiography - is a non-invasive imaging technique used to see the inside of your pet's organs and blood vessels. Using a contrast agent that is added to the blood, veins, arteries and the heart chambers can be visualized with x-ray imaging techniques, such as CT or C-arm fluoroscopy.


Cornell University Veterinary Specialists
880 Canal Street
Stamford, CT 06902
Phone 203.595.2777   Fax 203.595.2778


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Monday - Friday

9am to 6pm

Weekend hours available by special appointment