Advanced Imaging


From our state-of-the-art digital radiography and ultrasound to our rigid and flexible endoscopy, Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota offers the most advanced options in diagnostic imaging in order to better diagnose and treat your pet’s condition using a variety of non-invasive tests. Some of our diagnostic tools are described below.


Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota offers digital radiography (a form of x-ray imaging) which uses a digital image capture device instead of using x-ray film. Compared to conventional radiography, digital radiography is advantageous by reducing costs for the pet owner, reducing the amount of time needed to take the radiographs (which is less stressful on our patients), and reducing radiation used to produce an image. The images produced are immediately available for viewing, editing, and enhancing with editing software to create an even better display quality of the image. Digital radiographs are much easier to view, share, and store long-term which is great for VSC to share our images with our pet owners and their primary veterinarians.


Ultrasound is used at VSC Sarasota as a non-invasive diagnostic tool to see internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, vessels, and internal organs. The procedure is painless for your pet and requires no anesthesia. The overall goal of ultrasound is often to evaluate the structure and appearance of different organs. Ultrasound images are made by sending soundwaves into the tissue. The sound bounces off the tissue at different speeds producing an image (similar to how a fish finder works). Ultrasound is a very useful in many ways. It provides real-time images for the practitioner, and it is safer for your pet and our staff since it does not utilize radiation.



Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota offers rigid and flexible endoscopy as one of our many tools to diagnose and guide certain treatment procedures. Endoscopy allows us to look inside different areas of the body using an endoscope and camera. VSC has a wide variety of high definition (HD) cameras that collect the digital images which are added to the patient’s medical record. With the use of endoscopy, we are able to take biopsies, remove foreign bodies, evaluate the internal organ surface, and document the disease process.


While most of our imaging options are available onsite, computed topography and magnetic resonance imaging are currently offsite

A CT (computed tomography) is a very useful diagnostic tool that produce an image by rotating an x-ray tube around an animal while multiple exposures are recorded on an array of x-ray detectors. A computer collects and processes the information and creates an image. The cross-sectional images allow us to look at internal organs and bones with better resolution and detail than ultrasound or radiographs (x-rays). Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota uses CT scans to evaluate shunts, joint and bone disorders, metastatic disease, tumors, and many others.



While most of our imaging options are available onsite, computed topography and magnetic resonance imaging are currently offsite

Magnetic resonance imaging is a non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a powerful magnet to change the position of electrons of the patient being imaged. A powerful computer is able to detect signals in the electrons to create an image of tissues that are not visible on other tests. Common areas of the body that are imaged on MRI are the brain, spinal cord, tendons and ligaments. For this imaging process, patients must remain very still during the test, so they are anesthetized during the procedure.

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