Veterinary Diagnostic Cancer Imaging
CSU's imaging services rival those of any specialized human oncology center. We are staffed by a group of board-certified veterinary radiologists and radiology technologists who use a full selection of imaging equipment to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and interpretation. Diagnostic imaging is used at every stage of a cancer patient's care, and is an essential part of cancer detection, evaluating for cancer spread, treatment planning and monitoring.
Positron Emission Tomography / Computed Tomography (PET/CT) – CSU's exciting new technology for cancer imaging!
CSU is the only veterinary institute with a dedicated PET/CT scanner on its hospital premises, and although its value is well recognized in human oncology, PET/CT is new to veterinary cancer care. You may also have heard of this type of imaging referred to as a PET scan or PET-CT. They all refer to this type of imaging. This new nuclear medicine imaging tool gives our oncologists the best advantage in caring for their patients.
PET/CT provides the most sensitive way to diagnose many cancers and to determine whether it has spread to other areas of the body. Cancer is detected with PET/CT based on its metabolism and the scan also shows the exact location and extent of the cancer, so that we can plan the best treatment for our patients.
Digital Radiology (X-ray Imaging)
Ultrasound Imaging (Ultrasonography)
Computed Tomography (CT)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
That information can help us to better treat and monitor our patients. Those advanced MR procedures include dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (to evaluate tumor perfusion), magnetic resonance angiography (to detect blood supply), diffusion imaging (to evaluate response to therapy), and spectroscopy (to evaluate cancer metabolism).