VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital

Diagnostic Imaging




RADIOLOGY AND ADVANCED IMAGING

Welcome to the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital Radiology and Advanced Imaging department.  We are committed to providing optimal care to our patients using state of the art veterinary diagnostic imaging.  We also provide outpatient imaging services for veterinarians. For information about our radiology and advanced imaging services, please call us at (310) 473-2951.








Services provided:

Digital RadiographyDIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY

Radiographs, or x-ray studies, use x-rays to create an image of the body. This is the most frequently used form of veterinary imaging. Digital radiography does not use film, so it is faster to obtain the images and also makes it easy to share images with other veterinarians. Radiographs are used to diagnose disease in the chest, abdomen, and musculoskeletal system. Contrast studies of the gastrointestinal and urinary tract may also be performed.



UltrasonographyABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND

Abdominal ultrasound images are obtained by using a probe that sends sound waves into and then receives them from the body. Ultrasound imaging allows us to evaluate the structure and architecture of internal organs. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, blood flowing through blood vessels can also be evaluated. Fine needle aspirates and biopsies are commonly obtained under ultrasound guidance. Ultrasound examinations are non-invasive and do not use radiation.

 

 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

MRI is a highly advanced, non-invasive imaging modality that uses a super-conducting magnet and radio frequencies to obtain detailed cross sectional images of the body. MRI is most commonly used to evaluate the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Patients are under general anesthesia for this procedure to ensure that optimal images are acquired to make an accurate diagnosis. Radiation is not involved in MRI.




HELICAL COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY 
CT Scan(CT SCAN)

Computed tomography (CT) uses x-rays to obtain detailed cross sectional images of the body. Given the lack of superimposition, CT provides more detail than conventional x-rays. CT is most commonly used to evaluate the nasal cavity, lungs, and bone abnormalities. It is also used for radiation planning. Fine needle aspirates and biopsies may also be obtained under CT guidance. Patients are under general anesthesia for this procedure to ensure that optimal images are acquired to make an accurate diagnosis. Helical CT is faster than conventional CT, which decreases anesthesia time and also allows us to do contrast studies such as portal CT angiography.
 

Fluoroscopy ImageFLUOROSCOPY

Fluoroscopy uses a continuous low dose x-ray that allows evaluation of dynamic imaging of the body. It is most commonly used to diagnose diseases that involve motion, such as collapsing tracheas and swallowing disorders.

Services Offered in Diagnostic Imaging

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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

FOR PET MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL OUR HOSPITAL AT (310) 473-2951 OR TRANSPORT YOUR PET IMMEDIATELY TO OUR FACILITY (NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED).

VCA WEST LOS ANGELES ANIMAL HOSPITAL IS LOCATED AT:

1900 S. SEPULVEDA BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90025
TEL: (310) 473-2951
Click here for directions to our location.

The doctors and staff of VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital are ready and available to provide emergency and critical care for your beloved companion around the clock every day of the year. Staffed by emergency/critical care veterinarians and technicians, our emergency team is ready to provide your pet with the highest possible level of quality compassionate care should an urgent medical need arise at any time of day or night.

If you feel your pet is having an emergency, please feel free to immediately come to the hospital - we are ALWAYS available! You may speak with a member of the emergency team if you have questions/concerns by calling (310) 473-2951 at any time.

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