Is Mobile Pet imaging a mobile vet?

No. We ONLY provide Imaging services (CT scans, Fluoroscopies, and Digital X-Rays) to Veterinary offices. We are a professional service. We cannot provide services directly to pet owners and their pets. Your Vet must give you a referral to see us.

What is a CT scan?

CT stands for Computed Tomography. It is a technology in use since 1971. It basically is a series of very fine X‑rays that the computer then assembles into a 3D image. CT scans are especially helpful in imaging the skull, brain, sinuses, inner ear, eye sockets, spine and discs, bones, joints, and soft tissues.

Are CT scans the same as X-Rays?

CT scans are used for case that may be hard to see with traditional X-rays. The higher level of detail also means that your Vet may catch some abnormalities or diseases earlier and more accurately than with other imaging tools.

What is fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is a type of imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X‑ray movie. During a fluoroscopy procedure, an X‑ray beam is passed through the body. The image is transmitted to a monitor so the movement of a body part or of an instrument or contrast agent (“X‑ray dye”) through the body can be seen in detail.

How long does the procedure take?

Most procedures take under 20 minutes per diagnostic area. Larger pets may take longer. The pet will remain sedated for a bit, and will be under observation at your Vet for about two hours until the anesthesia wears off. Your Vet will provide the appropriate aftercare depending on the type of scan and anesthesia performed (we give your Vet a detailed aftercare list).

Typically fluoroscopic studies take between 10 to 30 minutes depending on the area of interest.

Are CT Scans and fluoroscopies safe for my pet?

Each process uses a minimal, focused amount of radiation. Our technology uses 60-90% less radiation than a standard CT. They are considered to be safe, just as dental X-rays.

Will my pet be sedated?

For a CT Scan: Yes. To get a clear image, we need to sedate your pet.
Our procedures are designed by a board-certified Anesthesiologist.In some cases, (patients with cardiac issues or particularly nervous patients, you can request that the anesthesiologist be present (requires appointment with Anesthesiologist and additional fee).

For a fluoroscopy: Sedation depends on the area of interest. Typically, if the area of interest is the esophagus (ie, swallow study) or trachea, no sedation is needed. However, if the area of interest is the urinary system, then in those instances sedation would be needed.

Can I be with my pet during the procedure?

For safety reasons, we are unable to let you inside mobile unit while the procedure is taking place.

What exactly happens during the procedure?

• Your pet is placed in our state-of-the-art machine's bed.
• The machine moves the platform slowly into the part of the machine that holds the X-ray component.
• That X-ray component moves in a circle very slowly around, 360%, taking small images from every angle.
• The number of images depends on the size of the area being scanned.
• The computer takes all the images and interpolates it into a 3D image that the technician and radiologist can view from all angles.
• These images are then sent to our board-certified radiologist, who analyses the images, and sends a report with her findings back to your Vet within 24 hours (rush service may be available at additional fee).

How soon after the procedure can you tell me what is wrong with my pet?

In some cases, our veterinarian will speak to you directly about the results after he or she gets our report.
Our board-certified radiologist will have a report back to your Veterinarian within 24 hours. Your Veterinarian may be able to put in for a RUSH order (at additional fee), if needed.