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Auburn CVM’s Radiology Department Feature

Auburn CVM’s Radiology Department Feature

– Radiology is more than
just radiology itself. We are a whole diagnostic
imaging department, so we do, of course radiographs. We do ultrasounds, MRI and CT. We also do nuclear medicine studies. I think it’s just very neat ability to be able to see inside of patients and to see inside them in
so many different ways. I think it’s very nice
that we get to interact with all different services and all different aspects
of veterinary medicine. We are a service department, so we service all the other
departments in the hospital. People don’t make an appointment
to come in to radiology. We do the work for the
other services as needed, so if a neurology patient
comes in and needs an MRI, we’re here to do that. This is a CT scan of a
dog that we did last week. It was hit by a car, and what we’ve done is when we put the patient in the scanner, the machine takes very
small, transverse slices through the patient. They’re sub millimeter slices, and then from that information
we can reformat that into all different imaging planes to get a better idea
globally of what’s going on, and we can also do 3D blending of that using the information we get from the scan to make a 3D model. This really helps the surgeons
with their surgical planning, picturing what it’s
actually going to look like when they get in there. We also can take this information and make an actual physical
model with our 3D printer, so that the surgeons can look at it, have it in their hands, measure and see what type of surgical
instruments are needed to fix the problem. The ability to do the 3D
printing is fairly unique. I think Auburn was the
first veterinary institution to have that capability. One of our prior clinicians
and residents were very involved in getting
the 3D printer here, learning how to use it. They wrote an article about it, introducing it to veterinary radiologists, so I think it will become more widespread, but Auburn was really at the forefront of getting that started in
the veterinary world. From a radiology standpoint,
we have all the tools that radiologists like to have, so we have the capability to do all these imaging modalities on any species. With our new hospital,
we have room to grow too, so 20 years ago, we didn’t
have MRI capability, so in 20 years who knows what
we’ll have available to us, but we planned for that;
we have room for that, and hopefully we’ll keep
growing as technology does.

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