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Here's how it works
Veterinarians who wish to use GatorVetImaging should
call our dedicated phone number (352-273-8585) to com-
municate with a GatorVetImaging program coordinator for
large or small animals. Prior to the appointment, veteri-
narians will need to complete an Image Request form,
a Pre-Anesthesia Evaluation form and a Pre-Anesthesia
CBC and serum chemistry profile and submit these via fax
(352-294-9877) or e-mail (GVI@vetmed.ufl.edu). UF
anesthesiologists and radiologists will review this informa-
tion before the requested procedure is performed.
When your client comes to UF, he or she will meet with
the veterinary clinician who will receive and admit your pa-
tient. Drs. Amy Stone or Julia Wuerz will serve as the point
of contact for small animal clients; Drs. Matt Brokken or
Ali Morton will serve this role for equine patients.
This clinician will outline the imaging service goals for
the client and will ensure that the necessary information
and history have been obtained.
A general physical examination will be performed and
immediately afterwards the animal will be transported into
the GatorVetImaging pre-anesthesia holding area.
* Large animal patients will be admitted to UF the day
prior to the procedure and will be discharged the day
following the procedure.
* Small animals will be admitted and discharged the
* Upon discharge, the client will receive a folder contain-
ing photo images of the key lesion(s), copies of essential
paperwork and a CD of all images obtained through
* Within 48 hours, the veterinarian will receive a report
from one of our veterinary radiologists summarizing
findings from the imaging study.
EQuipment and Capabilities
Toshiba Vantage 1.5 Tesla high-field Magnetic
Resonance Imaging Unit (MR)
GatorVetImaging provides veterinarians and their
clients with the capabilities of a Toshiba Vantage 1.5 Tesla
high-field MR unit, the only one of its kind in Florida
available for use in animals of all species. This instrument
allows highly detailed images of bone and soft tissue to be
obtained in multiple planes. MR can be used to perform
orthopedic (bone, muscle, joint), neurologic (brain,
spinal cord, peripheral nerve) and vascular (shunts, tumor
vasculature) studies. The magnet's strength and versatil-
ity allows UF veterinary radiologists to make accurate
distinction between normal and abnormal tissues.
In horses, the magnet can be used to examine the foot,
fetlock, suspensory ligaments, carpus, hock and head and
is especially useful for evaluating ligaments, cartilage and
bone to help differentiate specific causes of lameness.
In small animals, MR is frequently used for evaluation
of orthopedic cases, as well as metastasis evaluation and
radiation planning of oncologic cases. The MR system's
large field of view allows UF radiologists to perform
whole spine or body examinations on dogs and smaller
animals in a single scan, requiring less time under
short tau inversion
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phalanges of a
shows a focal cyst in
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and adhesions to
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of the deep digital
Toshiba AcQuilion 8-slice Multi-detector Row
Computed Tomography LUnit (MDCT)
Our 8-slice. multi-dJtect[r row T.ohiba Acquilion CT
scanner is an quaLlly p.-n\vrfuil diagni,'s[ic [iol, but usO,
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abdomi-n and is useful fur dctcci ing primary and micta-
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cicn in bcnh 'mall animal, and in our ,quin- paci.ntCs.
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