We’ve seen it all. Socks, fish hooks, gloves and spatulas, there’s no telling what a pet will chew on next. The imaging tools available through radiology help us safely understand the state of our patient’s organs, muscles and tendons so we can plan the best course of treatment.

What are common radiology techniques?

Digital radiography

Digital x-ray is a much faster, more efficient way of seeing inside our patients. The picture quality is clearer and allows us to see things that traditional film x-rays might miss.


This medical imaging technique allows Dr. Lipman to see organs, muscles, tendons, and lesions that might be present. Dr. Lipman can use our ultrasound machine to help him perform biopsies of the liver, kidneys, abdominal lymph nodes and other organs.


This is essentially a moving x-ray. Fluoroscopy shows realtime images, so we can observe what we're doing during procedures by watching the monitors. For example, we can place a feeding tube through the nose into the stomach and small intestines. The fluoroscope is also used in orthopedic surgery, pacemaker surgery, to locate foreign bodies deep inside muscles, and in assessing how well or poorly an animal can swallow.

CT Scanner

"CT" stands for computed tomography. Tomography means a "picture of a plane." A CT scanner generates two-and three-dimensional cross-sectional images of a patient using X-ray technology. We use these images to do several things:

  • Assess extent of trauma and/or bleeding of chest, abdomen or head
  • Detect or confirm the presence of a tumor
  • Determine size & location of tumor and whether it has spread
  • Plan therapy or surgery
  • Determine whether therapy is working

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About Our Board-Certified Team

Dr. Alan Lipman of Stumptown Veterinary Imaging brings his breadth of experience to DoveLewis, partnering with our other doctors to treat thousands of animals each year.