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

It is with regret that Massey Vets is no longer able to provide a clinical radiological interpretation (second opinion) on images submitted through the DVM portal.  We would like to assure you that our specialists are still available for clinical advice and referrals across all species.  If you would like a phone consultation ($53.00) then please follow your usual process for requesting this service.

We can suggest the following links for Telerad medicine options, where you will receive a formal radiologist second opinion on your images.

DVM will still be used as a platform for sharing images for cases that are referred to Massey Vets and subsequent follow-up images.  

Please use the Share Case feature by selecting Massey University_SHARE from the drop down menu.


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.