Radiography and Imaging

Diagnostic imaging is the most effective tool available to determine your pet’s condition. Therefore, our Sydney animal hospitaluses state-of-the-art imaging equipment, and our vets stay up to date with the latest techniques and research.  

Our specialist radiologists are trained in modern veterinary technology, investigating and documenting your pet’s condition and using this information to form an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Radiography X-Rays

X-rays are the most common form of imaging used in diagnosing animal ailments. X-rays can distinguish between fat, water, bone and metal, allowing our team to diagnose fractures, tumours, heart and lung problems, and the presence of certain cancers. Depending on your pet and which of their body parts require the x-ray, animals are typically held still or restrained while conscious during the x-ray. The small amount of radiation that your pet will be exposed to does not cause harm. 


In ultrasonography, high-frequency sound waves are used to obtain more detailed and focused images of internal structures. Ultrasounds are used to detect issues with soft tissue structures, usually in major organs or large blood vessels.  

This type of imaging can also provide ‘real-time’ visuals to monitor movement so it’s highly effective in guiding cell collection for biopsies. We use ultrasound equipment for pregnancy evaluations, evaluating heart conditions, and identifying changes in abdominal organs, cysts and tumours. 

CT Scans

A computed tomography (CT) scan uses a series of x-rays to take detailed pictures of certain sections of your pet’s body or internal structures. A CT scan is capable of showing every type of bodily structure at the same time, including bone, blood vessels and soft tissues.  

Our specialists use the latest CT technology to take multiple x-rays across your pet’s body which are then digitally combined to form a 3D image. We use this information to diagnose cancer and form treatment plans. For this type of scan, absolute stillness is essential, so pets typically receive a short-acting sedative or general anaesthetic.  

MRI Scans

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to take pictures of organs and muscles that can’t be seen with x-rays. Due to the excellent level of detail that MRI scans can offer, your specialist vetmay prefer this method to diagnose brain and spinal cord issues in pets. MRIS require complete stillness for longer durations so pets receive general anaesthesia.  

Book an Appointment with Sydney Vet Emergency & Specialists

If your pet is showing signs of illness or pain, our 24-hour veterinarianscan help. Call our team on 02 9197 5800 to discuss diagnostic imaging and put your pet on the path to recovery.