Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies & Referrals

2132 Amnicola Hwy Chattanooga, TN 37406

Phone : 423-698-4612

Fax : 423-622-8145

Advanced Imaging Services

Why does my pet need advanced imaging?


Advanced imaging allows a veterinarian the ability to visualize tissues, organs, and bones with a non-invasive procedure. It also provides the location and size of a possible abnormality. R.I.V.E.R.’s advanced imaging services can provide diagnostic studies based on your pet’s medical history. Our goal is to provide exceptional service in a safe and clean environment.


Reasons to do a CT Scan:



  • Nasal discharge or swelling

  • Chronic ear discharge

  • Problems walking

  • Spinal issues

  • Changes in respiration

  • Diseases of the abdominal cavity

  • Suspicion of possible tumors


A CT scan uses radiation to produce images. It requires mild sedation so that the animal remains still during the procedure. A typical CT scan takes 15-20 minutes to complete and sometimes involves a contrast agent to “enhance” the area of concern.


Reasons to do an MRI:



  • Seizures

  • Behavioral changes

  • Hydrocephalus

  • Suspicion of tumor in the brain or spinal cord

  • Malformations

  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)


An MRI exam can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the exam that is ordered. The animal is under general anesthesia and carefully monitored during this time. An MRI uses a magnet and radio frequencies to produce images. A contrast agent can be given as well.


How to prepare for your pet’s visit:



  • Your veterinarian will send us a referral form in advance to schedule an appointment with one or our specialists.

  • Blood work and pertinent radiographs should be done within 2 weeks of the procedure.

  • Please do not feed your pet after 10pm the night before the procedures. It is fine for your pet to have water.

  • Your pet will have an IV catheter placed for the procedure to give sedation.

  • After the procedure, we will notify you when your pet is awake and ready to go home.

  • Your veterinarian will be sent a copy of the report from the radiologist.

  • If necessary, a follow up appointment will be made with one of our specialists for further medical treatment.


    • To schedule an advanced imaging procedure, you will need a referral from your primary care veterinarian.