Imaging Service

Capital City Specialty & Emergency Animal Hospital has several imaging modalities that are used for the diagnosis, treatment planning, and monitoring of our patients. These include dental and general radiology (x-rays), ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and CT scan. These modalities are used in-house by our specialists and emergency and critical care team.

a vet looking at an x-ray of a cat

What Should You Expect When Booking an Appointment with our Imaging Service at Capital City Specialty & Emergency Animal Hospital?

Our imaging service is monitored under the direction of one of our specialists, often the medical oncology or surgical team.

Once your primary care veterinarian has requested a referral for your pet to the appropriate department, our team will contact you as soon as possible to schedule your pet’s CT scan. The regular schedule for the imaging service is Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. We do not offer an outpatient imaging service at this time.

On the day of your pet’s CT scan, your pet must be fasted and then admitted with one of our imaging technicians at our reception desk at 8 a.m. The admission procedure will involve signing a consent form and paying a deposit. Your pet will require either sedation or short anesthesia to prevent them from moving while the CT scan is being performed. Our board-certified specialist anesthesiologist, Dr. Matt Milloway, and the anesthesia team will be involved in caring for your pet. The imaging technicians will review the plan for the CT scan with one of our specialists to confirm the Regions to be studied and whether contrast enhancement is required.

CT scans are typically short procedures; most pets will be discharged the same day. Our imaging technicians will provide an update once your pet’s CT scan has been completed and then schedule a discharge time for your pet once they have recovered from their sedation or anesthesia.

Our CT scans are submitted to a teleradiology service for interpretation by a board-certified imaging specialist. The imaging specialist provides a written report with your pet’s CT findings within 24-48 hours, although an expedited report is available at an additional cost.

We strive to provide you and your pet with the highest level of care. We love what we do, we love our patients, and we treat them as if they were our own.