Diagnostic Imaging

Imaging On-Site for Fast, Accurate Diagnostics and Effective Treatment

If your family veterinarian determines that your pet needs specialized testing and treatment, you may be referred to our facility for diagnostic imaging. We have sophisticated equipment on-site to quickly and accurately diagnose your pet. Our specialists, technicians and assistants will make sure that your pet undergoes testing comfortably and safely. The goal is to obtain complete information about your pet’s condition to determine the best treatment plan and start your pet along the road to recovery.

With diagnostic imaging, our specialists can often avoid the need for open surgery. We can provide non-surgical alternatives to many diseases, thereby reducing anesthesia time,  hospital stays, and costs. We use the same equipment as human hospitals use to evaluate and treat people.

We offer the following diagnostic imaging methods all under one roof:


Endoscopy uses endoscopes (small cameras) that are guided throughout the body, allowing for therapeutic procedures in the gastrointestinal, respiratory, and urinary tract areas. The combination of endoscopy and fluoroscopy allows access to smaller areas that would otherwise require more invasive surgical techniques. For example, endoscopic procedures are most commonly used to treat:

  • Dog and cat urinary tract infections
  • Dog incontinence
  • Kidney stones
  • Respiratory tumors

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Guardian Veterinary Specialists is one of the very few veterinary facilities anywhere in our area to have MRI on site. MRI is an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields to look inside the body.

It produces highly detailed images that allow our specialists to more accurately determine the causes and locations of diseases and abnormalities. Many diseases and conditions can be better diagnosed using  MRI technology, including:

  • Neurologic diseases or cancer
  • Brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves
  • Imaging of the spine for tumors, infection, trauma or intervertebral disc disease or herniation
  • Musculoskeletal abnormalities including, tendon, ligament or muscular tear, tumor or infection
  • Hepatic neoplasm and metastatic disease
  • Renal, adrenal, pancreatic neoplasm
  • Vascular thrombus or tumor

Pet patients must be anesthetized to undergo an MRI procedure since they must remain absolutely still.

CT Scan (Computed Tomography)

The CT scan provides examinations of the head, chest, abdomen, spine, musculoskeletal systems, and vascular studies. Veterinary patients must be anesthetized for CT, since they must remain absolutely still.


Fluoroscopy is often referred to as a “moving x-ray.” It allows our specialists to see inside the body while the organs are still in motion.  They can view anatomy in real-time for various conditions, such as throat, lung, heart and stomach issues.  Fluoroscopy is commonly recommended as a diagnostic tool when a pet experiences difficulty breathing or swallowing.


Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce an image of internal organs. Most often it’s used to evaluate pets with diseases of the abdomen and heart. It can identify many diseases, including small tumors, vascular invasion and vascular anomalies.

Digital x-ray (Radiography)

Digital x-ray is the most common imaging method. The benefits of digital radiography include easy dissemination of diagnostic information and reduced radiation exposure.  Most commonly it’s used for examination of the chest. A chest x-ray provides detailed imaging of the heart, lungs and surrounding areas. We perform radiographs of the chest for fever, cough, heart murmur, recent trauma, and rapid or difficult breathing.

Bloodhound Laboratories

We’ve added a diagnostic laboratory on-site to enable us to produce faster and more accurate test results for our pet patients. Bloodhound Laboratories offers a full range of diagnostic services to meet the individual needs of our patients. Our rigorous quality control program ensures that results are accurate.