Diagnostic imaging

ivabs_radiology_resize.jpg The Radiology Department has exceptional diagnostic imaging facilities, equivalent to those used in human medical services.

Our expertise

Film reporting

Radiographs can be sent to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for second opinion reporting by one of our specialists in medicine, surgery or oncology.

The relevant specialist will provide a clinical interpretation of your radiographs, based on the history and case information you provide.  There is a small fee for this service, which will be charged at the time of reporting.

Please note a clinical report is different from a radiology report. We are hopeful that in most instances the clinical interpretation of the specialist clinician will provide you with the information you require to help you manage the case further. If you do require a formal radiology report from a specialist radiologist, this can still be requested internally by the Massey clinician and there is no additional charge to you for this report. However, there may be delay in receiving this report.


  • To register for our digital teleradiology service, please submit your information to our radiology service on the following form.

Teleradiology registration form.pdf (229 KB)


Full digital radiography

We operate two radiography suites, one dedicated to small animal imaging and wildlife, the other to equine and large animals. We also have portable equipment for remote imaging of critical or immobile patients. Our cutting edge x-ray apparatus provides exceptional image quality, which is paramount for early and accurate detection of diseases and injuries.

Computed tomography

Computed tomography (CT) uses computer-processed x-rays to produce ‘sectional’ or ‘slice’ images of the patient. Multiple cross-sectional pictures are gathered and can be used to generate 3-dimensional representations of organs or bones. CT imaging is unsurpassed in its capacity to yield extremely detailed and defined images of both soft tissue and skeletal structures. Even severe medical complaints can be challenging to isolate or diagnose without CT. This machine can accommodate a variety of small and large species and has invaluable, outstanding imaging diagnostic capabilities.


Ulstrasonography uses sound waves emitted from a probe, or transducer. The speed of sound varies as it travels through different densities and is reflected off organs and body tissues generating a real-time moving image on a screen. Ultrasound is non-invasive and particularly useful for echocardiograms (imaging the heart), muscles, tendons and abdominal organs. Ultrasound is frequently used as an accurate guidance tool for fine needle collection of biopsies and fluids without the need for surgery.  


This state-of-the-art equipment allows clinicians to view moving footage by screening a continuous x-ray image on a monitor. Fluoroscopy is ideal for procedures such as gastric studies where the patient is given a barium meal. This allows detailed visualisation of the GI tract that can even be observed as the patient eats. It is invaluable for orthopaedic surgeries, enabling real-time viewing during fracture repairs that often demand complex approaches or rigorous precision. Screening procedures can be recorded to DVD for further observation or reference while single frames can be printed to film, much like a radiograph.




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