When it comes to accurately diagnosing and treating your pet after he or she has experienced an injury or illness, you can count on our veterinary team to have the latest diagnostic equipment, including digital imaging devices and ultrasound machines.

Injuries and Ailments Diagnosed via Radiology and Ultrasounds

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Digital images, including ultrasounds, radiographs, MRIs and CT scans are used to diagnose a variety of conditions and ailments in dogs and cats. Common conditions diagnosed include broken bones, joint problems, tumors, brain abnormalities and problems with the internal organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and bladder.

Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound imaging involves using sound waves to create an image on a computer monitor. When the doctor passes the probe over the abdomen of your pet, they are able to find otherwise hidden problems, like when your pet has an intestinal foreign body, or a tumor or problem with an internal organ, like the stomach, spleen, liver and pancreas. Ultrasound imaging is completely painless and does not have any side-effects.

STVC offers in house ultrasound for basic imaging such as large liver, intestinal, spleen and bladder tumors and basic heart and pregnancy scans.

STVC, also, offers ultrasound for detailed imaging for more involved cases of cardiac, kidney, hormonal or intestinal diseases.
This is scheduled at the clinic and provided by a mobile board certified internal medicine DVM. 


The common term for a radiograph is an x-ray. These images can help diagnose problems and conditions with the bones and joints, such as fractures, dislocations or swelling of joints and other types of bone abnormalities. X-rays can also be used to diagnose problems with the internal organs, like the heart, lungs, spleen, liver and kidneys.


MRI is an acronym for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This type of diagnostic equipment has the ability to produce detailed images of the internal structures of the body. They are helpful in diagnosing tumors and abnormalities in the brain as well as spinal disorders, like herniated discs and spinal stenosis in cats and dogs. This is performed at specialty referral clinics such as Blue Pearl, FETCH, Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists, SCAN and Levine Veterinary Neurology. 

CT Scans

The acronym CT stands for computed tomography. These are essentially highly detailed x-rays that can show cross sections of your dog or cat’s anatomy. While the CT machine is taking images, the veterinarian has the ability to enhance and focus on specific parts of your pet’s body in order to make a detailed and accurate diagnosis. This is performed at specialty referral clinics such as Blue Pearl, FETCH, Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists, SCAN and Levine Veterinary Neurology.

Diagnosing Your Pet’s Ailment or Injury

Our veterinary staff can rapidly diagnose your pet’s injury or condition via x-rays and ultrasound imaging. Once South Tampa Veterinary Care understands the depth of your pet’s illness or injury, a treatment plan will be developed in order to help your pet heal and restore their health. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health and his or her diagnosis, we would be happy to answer them and provide you with guidance in order to help make your pet comfortable during the healing process.

For more information on our radiology and diagnostic imaging services in Tampa, call us at (813) 835-8500 today.

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