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Advanced Imaging

At Specialized Veterinary Services, we have a full range of state-of-the-art diagnostic tools available to ensure that your pet’s every need is met at our hospital. From digital radiography (using digital X-ray sensors instead of traditional photographic film) and electromyography (recording of electrical activity of muscle tissue) to endoscopy (non-surgical procedure where a tube with a light and camera are used to view the digestive tract) and fluoroscopy (continuous X-ray), we have your pet’s health covered. We also offer MRI and CAT scans for pets that need even more advanced diagnostics.

Diagnostic Imaging

SVS provides a variety of sophisticated diagnostic imaging at our Fort Myers hospital. We are the only veterinary hospital in Southwest Florida to provide CT and MRI on site. Our recent expansion includes a state-of-the-art GE 16-slice CT Scanner and a GE 1.5T MRI.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Our CT scanner delivers high resolution, cross-sectional images of the patient, improving diagnostic capabilities. The multi-slice technology allows the doctors to image our patients faster and reduces anesthesia time. CT scans are ideal for diagnosing a variety of issues in the chest, abdomen, nasal cavity and lungs as well as complicated bone fractures and subluxations. The scan can be done in a matter of seconds which make for a speedy diagnosis and immediate treatment for your pet.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI is a high-field magnet that captures high-resolution images, viewed from different angles and in a fast acquisition time. MRI provides the best soft tissue contrasts among all the imaging modalities. MRI is mostly used for ligament and tendon injuries, spinal cord and brain disease such as seizures.

Digital Radiography

As advancements in the medical field improve, so does the veterinary field. Among the many advantages of digital radiography is the ability to control the exposure of each image in real time, making the images lighter and darker, enlarging images or even adding color or texture on demand. Additionally, digital X-rays provide clearer image quality than traditional X-rays and the files are easier to share with your primary care veterinarian.


Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to view inside the body.  Ultrasound images are captured in real-time to see the organs function and blood flow through the body.

Contrast Studies

When our doctors need to see contrasting images within the body, contrast studies can be performed.  A series of X-rays of the upper GI tract are taken after the patient drinks a barium solution to provide added image detail.


Fluoroscopy is a medical imaging machine that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, like looking at an X-ray movie. An X-ray beam is passed through the body then the image is transmitted to a monitor so the movement of the body part can be seen in detail.