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Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging

 

Diagnostic Imaging overview

  • Willows has one of the most experienced Imaging teams in the UK, with over 40 years combined experience in veterinary referral imaging
  • Five highly trained Specialists...
      • who have over 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals
      • who have written 8 book contributions
      • who are regularly invited to speak at conferences/CPD meetings in the UK and overseas
  • An NHS trained radiographer with over 18 years experience including 9 in veterinary imaging
 
  • In-house CPD film reading evenings for local veterinarians, run throughout the year
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on-call, in-house Imaging Specialist supporting all our disciplines
  • A belief that the highest imaging quality
    should be the ‘norm’
  • Rapid radiographic reporting service
  • Unsurpassed, comprehensive service,
    24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
  • Willows has one of the most experienced Imaging teams in the UK, with over 40 years combined experience in veterinary referral imaging
  • Three highly trained Specialists...
    • who have over 50 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals
    • who have written 8 book contributions
    • who are regularly invited to speak at conferences/CPD meetings in the UK
      and overseas
  • An NHS trained radiographer with over 18 years experience including 9 in veterinary imaging
  • In-house CPD film reading evenings for local veterinarians, run throughout the year
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on-call, in-house Imaging Specialist supporting all our disciplines
  • A belief that the highest imaging quality
    should be the ‘norm’
  • Rapid radiographic reporting service
  • Unsurpassed, comprehensive service,
    24 hours a day, 365 days of the year

 
Personnel

RCVS/European Specialists

 Andrew Parry - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging    Lizza Baines - RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging    Sally Griffin - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging   Luis Mesquita - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imagingg   Anne Staudacher - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging   Andrew Tanner - Radiographer
                     

Andrew Parry 

MA VetMB CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS

 

Elisabeth Baines

MA VetMB DVR DipECVDI
FHEA MRCVS

 

Sally Griffin

BVSc CertAVP DipECVDI
MRCVS

 

Luis Mesquita

DVM DipECVDI MRCVS

 

Anne Staudacher

DrVetMed DipECVDI MRCVS

 

Ines Carrera

DVM MVM PhD DipECVDI MRCVS

 

Radiographer

 

 

 Andrew Tanner - Radiographer                    
                     

Andrew Tanner

BSc(Hons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RCVS/European Specialists

Andrew Parry - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Andrew Parry
MA VetMB CertVDI DipECVDI MRCVS

Lizza Baines - RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Elisabeth Baines
MA VetMB DVR DipECVDI FHEA MRCVS

Sally Griffin - European Specialist

Sally Griffin
BVSc CertAVP DipECVDI MRCVS

Luis Mesquita - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Luis Mesquita
DVM DipECVDI MRCVS

Anne Staudacher - European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Anne Staudacher
DrVetMed DipECVDI MRCVS

Ines Carrera - RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Ines Carrera
DVM MVM PhD DipECVDI MRCVS

 

Radiographer

Andrew Tanner - Radiographer

Andrew Tanner
BSc(Hons)

 

TOP

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

     
  • 1.5 tesla GE Signa HDe MRI scanner
  • Full range of coils for optimal signal to noise ratio
  • Superconducting system gives excellent magnetic field homogeneity and stability affording precise high resolution images and minimum acquisition time. Also allows full range of sequences including 3D high resolution imaging, diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) mapping
  • Specialist radiologist available to assess the sequences as they are acquired, allowing appropriate and specific sequence selection for each case, coordinating with the Specialist clinician in charge of the case where appropriate
  • Dedicated reporting workstation
  • Patient safety is paramount
    • All anaesthetics monitored by a member of the
      Specialist-led anaesthesia team
    • Remote monitoring of heart rate, blood pressure, pO2...
    • MRI trained nursing staff
 

1.5 Tesla superconductor MR unit at Willows Referral Service

1.5 Tesla superconductor MR
unit at Willows Referral Service

T2* gradient echo image of a haemorrhagic mass in the piriform lobe: Radiological diagnosis – glioma

T2* gradient echo
image of a haemorrhagic mass in the piriform lobe: Radiological
diagnosis – glioma

T2-weighted sagittal image of the lumbar spine of a dog showing an intramedullary spinal tumour T2-weighted sagittal image of the lumbar spine of a dog showing an intramedullary spinal tumour

 

TOP

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • 1.5 tesla GE Signa HDe MRI scanner
  • Full range of coils for optimal signal to noise ratio
  • Superconducting system gives excellent magnetic field homogeneity and stability affording precise high resolution images and minimum acquisition time. Also allows full range of sequences including 3D high resolution imaging, diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) mapping
  • Specialist radiologist available to assess the sequences as they are acquired, allowing appropriate and specific sequence selection for each case, coordinating with the Specialist clinician in charge of the case where appropriate
  • Dedicated reporting workstation
  • Patient safety is paramount
    • All anaesthetics monitored by a member of the
      Specialist-led anaesthesia team
    • Remote monitoring of heart rate, blood pressure, pO2...
    • MRI trained nursing staff
1.5 Tesla superconductor MR unit at Willows Referral Service

1.5 Tesla superconductor MR unit at Willows Referral Service 

T2* gradient echo image of a haemorrhagic mass in the piriform lobe: Radiological diagnosis – glioma

T2* gradient echo image of a haemorrhagic mass in the piriform lobe: Radiological diagnosis – glioma

T2-weighted sagittal image of the lumbar spine of a dog showing an intramedullary spinal tumour

T2-weighted sagittal image of the lumbar spine of a dog showing an intramedullary spinal tumour

 

 

 

TOP

Ultrasound

     
  • GE Logiq S8 series ultrasound machine
  • Comprehensive range of probes for all of our imaging needs
    • 8-15 MHz ML6-15 matrix linear probe
    • 7-10 MHz 10C microconvex probe
    • 3-5 MHz 5C convex probe
    • 3-4.6 MHz 3Sp phased array probe
  • Colour, power, pulsed wave and continuous wave Doppler imaging
  • Harmonic and spatial compounding for increased image quality
  • Ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration and tissue core biopsy
  • Dedicated reporting workstation
  • All ultrasound scans performed by Specialist radiologists
  Ultrasound machine with range of probes used at Willows Referral Service

Ultrasound machine with range of probes used at Willows Referral Service

Colour Doppler image of a ureteral jet in the bladder

Colour Doppler image of a ureteral jet in the bladder

Increased gut wall thickness and corrugation in a dog with enteritisIncreased gut wall thickness and corrugation in a dog with enteritis

 

TOP

Ultrasound

  • GE Logiq S8 series ultrasound machine
  • Comprehensive range of probes for all of our imaging needs
    • 8-15 MHz ML6-15 matrix linear probe
    • 7-10 MHz 10C microconvex probe
    • 3-5 MHz 5C convex probe
    • 3-4.6 MHz 3Sp phased array probe
  • Colour, power, pulsed wave and continuous wave Doppler imaging
  • Harmonic and spatial compounding for increased image quality
  • Ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration and tissue core biopsy
  • Dedicated reporting workstation
  • All ultrasound scans performed by Specialist radiologists

Ultrasound machine with range of probes used at Willows Referral Service

Ultrasound machine with range of probes used at Willows Referral Service

Colour Doppler image of a ureteral jet in the bladder

Colour Doppler image of a ureteral jet in the bladder

Increased gut wall thickness and corrugation in a dog with enteritis

Increased gut wall thickness and corrugation in a dog with enteritis

 

 

TOP

Computed Tomography

     
  • 16 slice GE Brightspeed CT scanner
  • Multidetector scanner and fast rotation speed allows rapid acquisition of very thin slices, reduced movement blur and dynamic bolus tracking
  • Medrad dual head Stellant pressure injector for contrast bolus tracking studies
    • Portosystemic shunts
    • Arterioportal hepatic fistulas
    • Pulmonary thromboembolism
    • Aortic aneurysm
  • CT guided biopsy software
  • Dedicated reporting workstation
  16 slice CT scanner at Willows Referral Service

16 slice CT scanner at Willows Referral Service

Reformatted CT angiogram and volume rendered image of a portosystemic shunt obtained with the pressure injector

Reformatted CT angiogram and volume rendered image of a portosystemic shunt obtained with the pressure injector

 

TOP

Computed Tomography

  • 16 slice GE Brightspeed CT scanner
  • Multidetector scanner and fast rotation speed allows rapid acquisition of very thin slices, reduced movement blur and dynamic bolus tracking
  • Medrad dual head Stellant pressure injector for contrast bolus tracking studies
    • Portosystemic shunts
    • Arterioportal hepatic fistulas
    • Pulmonary thromboembolism
    • Aortic aneurysm
  • CT guided biopsy software
  • Dedicated reporting workstation

16 slice CT scanner at Willows Referral Service

16 slice CT scanner at Willows Referral Service

Reformatted CT angiogram and volume rendered image of a portosystemic shunt obtained with the pressure injector

Reformatted CT angiogram and volume rendered image of a portosystemic shunt obtained with the pressure injector

 

 

TOP

Radiography

     
  • Two GE Proteus digital X-ray suites
  • Fuji computed radiography
  • Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)
    • All imaging systems are linked to PACS, allowing easy access to images on over 100 PCs throughout the hospital and enabling further discussion with our Specialist colleagues, members of staff and clients
  • In-house CPD film reading evenings for local veterinary surgeons, run throughout the year
  One of the computed radiography (CR) suites at Willows Referral Service

One of the computed radiography (CR) suites at Willows Referral Service

Positive contrast retrograde urethrogram in a cat showing urethral rupture

Positive contrast retrograde urethrogram in a cat showing urethral rupture

Images are reviewed on powerful workstations and then sent to PACS for general access

Images are reviewed on powerful workstations and then sent to PACS for general access

 

TOP

Radiography

  • Two GE Proteus digital X-ray suites
  • Fuji computed radiography
  • Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)
    • All imaging systems are linked to PACS, allowing easy access to images on over 100 PCs throughout the hospital and enabling further discussion with our Specialist colleagues, members of staff and clients
  • In-house CPD film reading evenings for local veterinary surgeons, run throughout the year

One of the computed radiography (CR) suites at Willows Referral Service

One of the computed radiography (CR) suites at Willows Referral Service

Positive contrast retrograde urethrogram in a cat showing urethral rupture

Positive contrast retrograde urethrogram in a cat showing urethral rupture

Images are reviewed on powerful workstations and then sent to PACS for general access

Images are reviewed on powerful workstations and then sent to PACS for general access

 

 

TOP

Fluoroscopy

     
  • Mobile GE Fluorostar C-arm fluoroscopy
  • Full vascular package
    • Road mapping
    • Digital subtraction angiography
  • Portosystemic shunt attenuation
  • Thoracic duct ligation
  • Swallowing studies
  • Urogenital studies
  • Intraoperative screening for complex orthopaedic repairs
  • Removal of tracheal foreign bodies
  • Tracheal stenting
  • Urethral stenting
  Fluoroscope in use during correction of a portosystemic shunt

Fluoroscope in use during correction of a portosystemic shunt

Fluoroscopic study of a dog with a ureterocoele

Fluoroscopic study of a dog with a ureterocoele

 

TOP

Fluoroscopy

  • Mobile GE Fluorostar C-arm fluoroscopy
  • Full vascular package
    • Road mapping
    • Digital subtraction angiography
  • Portosystemic shunt attenuation
  • Thoracic duct ligation
  • Swallowing studies
  • Urogenital studies
  • Intraoperative screening for complex orthopaedic repairs
  • Removal of tracheal foreign bodies
  • Tracheal stenting
  • Urethral stenting

Fluoroscope in use during correction of a portosystemic shunt

Fluoroscope in use during correction of a portosystemic shunt

Fluoroscopic study of a dog with a ureterocoele

Fluoroscopic study of a dog with a ureterocoele

 

 

Recent publications

  1. Mahoney, P. (2012) Musculoskeletal imaging in the cat. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 14, 13-22
  2. Lamb, C.R., Parry, A.T., Baines, E.A., Chang, Y.M. (2011) Does changing the orientation of a thoracic radiograph aid diagnosis of rib fractures? Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound 52, 75-78
  3. Swinbourne, F., Baines, E.A., Baines, S.J., Halfacree, Z.J. (2011) Computed tomographic findings in canine pyothorax and correlation with findings at exploratory thoracotomy. Journal of Small Animal Practice
    52, 203-208
  4. Parry, A.T., Volk, H., Lamb, C.R. (2011) Imaging anatomy of the cranial nerves in the dog. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound 52(1 supp 1), S32-S41
  5. Mahoney, P., Martin, N. (2011) EMS: Developing a structured approach. In Practice 33, 38-41
  6. Parry, A.T. (2010) The use of positive contrast peritoneography in the diagnosis of a pleuroperitoneal hernia in a cat. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 12, 141-143
  7. Parry, A.T., Harris, A., Upjohn, M.M., Chandler, K., Lamb, C.R. (2010) Does choice of imaging affect outcome in dogs with thoracolumbar spinal conditions? Journal of Small Animal Practice 51, 312-317
  8. Schlegl, K., Parry, A.T., Lamb, C.R., Kneissl, S., Probst, A., Tichy, A., Mayrhofer, E. (2010) Röntgen- und CT-Morphologie von Atlasvarianten beim Hund [Radiographic and CT morphology of atlas variants in the dog]. Berl Munch Tierarztl Wochenschr 123, 425-430
  9. Parry AT, Upjohn MM, Schlegl K, Kneissl S, Lamb, C.R. (2010) Computed tomography variations in morphology of the canine atlas in dogs with and without atlantoaxial subluxation. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound 51, 596-600
  10. Parry, A., Tanner, A., Chandler, K., Lamb, C.R. (2010) What is your diagnosis? Unexpected metallic inclusion in a dog. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 15, 237(4), 359-360
  11. Parry, A.T., Lamb, C.R. (2010) Radiology of thoracic trauma in the dog and cat. In Practice 32, 238-246
  12. Claridge, H.A., Piercy, R.J., Parry, A., Weller, R. (2010) The 3D anatomy of the cervical articular process joints in the horse and their topographical relationship to the spinal cord. Equine Veterinary Journal 42(8), 726-731
  13. Bapodra, P., Bouts, T., Mahoney, P., Turner, S., Silva-Fletcher, A., Waters, M. (2010) Ultrasonographic anatomy of the Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) eye. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41, 409-417
  14. Baines, E.A., Grandage, J., Herrtage, M.E., Baines, S.J. (2009) The radiographic definition of the anticlinal vertebra in the dog. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound 50, 69-73
  15. Tivers, M., Baines, E. A., Mahoney, P. N., Corr, S. (2009) Diagnostic accuracy of positive contrast computed tomography arthrography for the detection of injuries to the medial meniscus in dogs with naturally occurring cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency. Journal of Small Animal Practice 50, 324-332
  16. Parry, A.T., Penning, V.A., Smith, K.C., Kenny, P.J., Lamb, C.R. (2009) Imaging diagnosis – necrotizing meningomyelitis and polyarthritis. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound 50, 412-415

Book contributions

  1. Baines, E.A. (2011) All radiographs for the new edition of Colour Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy. Volume 2: The Horse.
    R. R. Ashdown and S. H. Done (eds). Elsevier, Oxford
  2. Mahoney, P. (2010) The Spleen. In BSAVA Manual of Canine & Feline Ultrasonography
  3. Baines, E. A. (2010) Thoracic Radiology. In: BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Cardiorespiratory Medicine.
    L. Johnson and V. Luis-Fuentes (eds) BSAVA Publications, Cheltenham
  4. Baines, E. A. (2010) All radiographs for the new edition of Colour Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy.
    Volume 1: The Ruminants. R. R. Ashdown and S. H. Done (eds). Elsevier, Oxford
  5. Baines, E. A. (2009) The Peritoneal Cavity. In: BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Abdominal Imaging.
    F. J. Barr and R. O’Brien (eds). BSAVA Publications, Cheltenham
  6. Baines, E. A. (2009) All new radiographs for the new edition of Colour Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy.
    Volume 3: The Dog and Cat. S. H. Done, P. C. Goody, S. A. Evans and N. C. Stickland (eds). Elsevier, Oxford
  7. Mahoney, P. (2009) The Adrenal Gland. In BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Abdominal Imaging
  8. Baines, E. A., (2008) The Mediastinum. In: BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Thoracic Imaging.
    V. S. Johnson and T. Schwarz (eds). BSAVA Publications, Cheltenham pp177-199