What is a radiologist?

An American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) Board-Certified Veterinary Radiologist diagnoses diseases by obtaining and interpreting medical images. The imaging modalities include x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear medicine imaging. A radiologist correlates medical image findings with other examinations and tests, recommends further examinations or treatments, and consults with the referring veterinarian managing the case.

Why does my animal need a board-certified radiologist?

Advances in animal health care have led to a wider variety of highly specialiized imaging procedures using radiology, ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine (NM), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) board-certified radiologists spend at least three years after achieving their veterinary medical degree focusing strictly on the application of these imaging modalities to diagnosis. The concentrated training in radiology allows the ACVR radiologist to keep current with frequent advances in noninvasive diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology procedures.

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What we offer

VERC Hawaii has access to the most advanced diagnostic imaging equipment. A board-certified radiologist is available to perform ultrasounds, interpret imaging studies, and perform minimally invasive procedures Monday through Friday, with additional availability for emergencies. Through telemedicine, we have access to board-certified radiologists 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for emergency interpretation of imaging studies.

Imaging studies and procedures offered include (but are not limited to):

  • digital x-ray
  • contrast studies
  • ultrasound
  • echocardiography
  • ultrasound-guided aspirate
  • ultrasound-guided biopsy
  • computed tomography (CT scan)
  • tracheal and urethral stenting
  • ultrasound-guided ethanol ablation of cysts or parathyroid nodules

Our radiology service is led by Dr. Graham Burns, a board-certified veterinary radiologist.