Veterinary Imaging and MRI Diagnostics

VSH provides a variety of sophisticated veterinary imaging and MRI diagnostics services at our locations in San Diego and North County, including:

  • Teleradiology and outpatient imaging services
  • Radiography, including special orthopedic positioning
  • Ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided aspirates and biopsies
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Nuclear scintigraphy
  • Special procedures, including:
    • Esophagrams
    • Gastrointestinal contrast studies
    • Dynamic tracheal evaluations
    • Excretory urography
    • Pyelography
    • Cystograms/cystourethrograms
    • Vaginocystourethrograms


To learn more about our veterinary imaging and MRI diagnostics services, please send us an email or call (760) 466-0600 (North County) or (858) 875-7500 (San Diego).

VSH's Diagnostic Imaging Department

Our Diagnostic Imaging department offers every major veterinary imaging modality used in veterinary medicine, including:

  • A two-suite DR system
  • Digital fluoroscopy
  • Two ultrasound machines
  • A 6-slice CT scanner
  • A 1.5 T MRI
  • Gamma camera

Our CT scanner's multi-slice technology allows us to image our patients faster, reducing anesthesia times, permitting acquisition of higher-resolution images, and improving our diagnostic capabilities. CT is particularly useful for:

  • Improved evaluation of the lungs
  • Staging cancer
  • Planning surgeries
  • Endoscopies
  • Radiation treatment

With VSH's recent upgrade to a 1.5 T MRI scanner, we have all of the advantages of a high-field magnet, including faster acquisition times and improved image quality. To learn more about the different imaging modalities we provide, please visit the American College of Veterinary Radiology.

Resources for Referring Veterinarians

Having two radiologists on staff, Drs. Shanaman and Sunico, we have expanded our veterinary imaging and MRI diagnostics services to referring veterinarians. VSH will now be offering referral image interpretation for radiographs, CT, and MRIs. Additionally, veterinarians can also refer patients for outpatient imaging exams, including ultrasound, CT, and MRIs.

If you are a referring veterinarian, please browse our Veterinarians Resource Section, where you can request a consultation or learn about continuing education. Your partnership is important to us!

Dr. Bettencourt, DVM, DACVR More
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