Diagnostic Imaging at VSH

Specialites & Services Diagnostic Imaging

The various sophisticated equipment and technology which VSH provides includes:

  • Digital Radiography (X-ray)
  • Cageside Ultrasound for AFAST/TFAST
  • Endoscopy
  • Echocardiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  •  Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Special procedures, including:

  • Esophagrams           
  • Gastrointestinal contrast studies         
  • Excretory urography                 
  • Pyelography                     
  • Cystograms/cystourethrograms     
  • Vaginocystourethrograms

CT: Siemens 16-slice Computed Tomography Scanner

CT is a rapid way to produce high-detail, 3-dimensional images of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, bones and joints of cats and dogs.
Our CT scanner's multi-slice technology allows us to image our patients faster, reducing anesthesia times, permitting acquisition of higher-resolution images and improving our diagnostic capabilities. CT is particularly useful for:

  • Improved evaluation of the lungs
  • Staging cancer
  • Planning advanced cancer surgeries
  • Vascular studies
  • Evaluation of the urinary tract

MRI: Siemens 1.5 Tesla Magnet

MRI is useful for imaging the brain, spinal cord, and joints of dogs and cats. The VSH Diagnostic Imaging Team has extensive training and experience with the use of MRI in small animal patients. In addition, our magnet has the TIMs system (Total Imaging Matrix) which allows us to run 3D SPACE imaging, constructing high-resolution multiplanar reconstructions after obtaining images in one plane. This system allows us to decrease patient time in the scanner, which is not only beneficial for the individual patient but also increases the number of patients we can scan per day.

The VSH Diagnostic Imaging Team, led by Dr. Virginie De Busscher, provides a variety of sophisticated veterinary imaging and diagnostic services including:

Digital radiography (X-ray)

Radiographs of the thorax, abdomen, head, axial and appendicular skeleton
Contrast study (digestive and urinary system, fistulography and others)
Radiography reporting service (DICOM images are recommended to get the best interpretation)


  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Thoracic ultrasound
  • Musculoskeletal and soft tissue ultrasound
  • Thyroid-parathyroid and neck ultrasound
  • Ocular ultrasound
  • Color-flow doppler
  • Fine needle aspiration and biopsy (hepatic biopsies, samples of abdominal, thoracic and any other masses)


  • Dynamic contrast studies (assessment of the respiratory tract (tracheal and bronchial collapse), of the oesophageal motility or assistance in some surgical interventions including stent placement and others).

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

  • Thorax - metastases checks, lung, pleural, mediastinal and extra-thoracic assessment, trauma
  • Abdomen - metastases checks, intravenous urography, vascular assessment
  • Head/Nasal cavities and sinuses
  • Middle and inner ear
  • Spine, intravenous contrast studies and CT myelography
  • High resolution vascular studies for portosystemic shunts and others
  • Joints and bones - visualisation of medial coronoid disease of the elbows, assessment of incomplete ossification of the humeral condyles, fracture repair planning
  • Musculotendinous system - eg calcification of the supraspinatus tendons
  • Other soft tissue diseases (masses and others)
  • MPR-multiplanar reconstruction

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

  • Brain, nasal cavities and sinus, middle and inner ear, orbit
  • Intervertebral discs, spinal cord
  • Bones, joints and soft tissues
  • Any soft tissue area of the body
Dr. Virginie De Busscher

Our Team

Dr. Virginie De Busscher

Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging
EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
Hong Kong Registered Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Specialist

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