Diagnostic Imaging


Advances in veterinary diagnostic imaging have dramatically improved the diagnosis and treatment of serious diseases in animals. Accurate and complete interpretation of imaging studies is critical to developing an effective treatment plan.

Diagnostic imaging has always played a central role here at ChesterGates. We are fortunate in having European Specialists in both Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and Neurology on our team and who able to offer support in this important area of veterinary medicine.

Virginie De Busscher joined the ChesterGates team in January 2011. She is a European Specialist and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. Her areas of special interest are abdominal and muscoloskeletal ultrasonography and ultrasound guided aspiration and biopsies. MRImaging support is also provided by the Neurology team who perform most of the MRI scans.

ChesterGates offers a wide range of diagnostic imaging services. Patients may be referred to the hospital just for diagnostic imaging or as part of a broader work up and treatment programme.

A diagnostic imaging reporting service is also offered for colleagues who are able to perform their own imaging but wish to avail themselves of specialist interpretation. Images amy be sent on disc or by email (virginie@chestergates.org.uk)

Digital Radiography

  • Radiographs of the thorax, abdomen, axilla and appendicular skeleton
  • Myelography
  • Contrast studies (digestive and urinary system, fistulography and others)
  • Dynamic contrast studies (swallowing, ectoptic ureter assessments and others)
  • Radiography reporting service


  • Acquires moving (dynamic)radiographic images of the patient
  • Allows evaluation of moving strucutre such as the oesophagus and the trachea
  • Fluoroscopy guided removal of foreign bodies in the throat


  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Thoracic ultrasound
  • Soft tissue ultrasound
  • Thyroid, parathyroid and neck ultrasound
  • Ocular ultrasound
  • Colour-flow doppler
  • Fine needle aspiration and biopsy
  • Cardiac ultrasound workups

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

  • Thorax - metastases checks, lung and mediastinal assessment, trauma
  • Abdomen - metastases checks, IVU, vascular assessment
  • Nasal cavities and sinus
  • Middle and inner ear
  • Orbit
  • High resolution vascular studies including portosystemic shunts
  • Joints and bones - visualisation of coronoid disease of the elbow, assessment of incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle, fracture repair planning
  • 3D rendition
  • CT reporting service

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

  • Lesion localisation in the brain and spinal cord
  • Neoplasm assessment
  • Identification of vascular accidents
  • Anomalies of the ventricular system
  • Epilepsy investigation
  • Chiari Malformation investigation
  • GME, NE and NME assessment
  • Middle ear disease investigation
  • Identification of structural abnormalities
  • Assessment of prolapsed intervertibral discs
  • Spinal cord trauma assesssment
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Assessment of cartilage tears
  • Studies of synovial structures
  • MRI reporting service
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