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Types of Imaging & TherapyDescription
Radiography (X-ray)Most common imaging modality in veterinary medicine; High availability; Low cost
Ultrasound (Sonogram)Commonly used for heart and abdominal disorders; Relatively high availablilty; Relatively low cost; Not ideal for bone and lung evaluation
Computed Tomography (CT scan)Uses x-ray for greater resolution than traditional radiography; Less availability; Greater cost; Often requires general anesthesia
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)Superior imaging resolution; Commonly used for neurological disorders; Lower availability; Greater cost; Requires general anesthesia
Nuclear Medicine (Scintigraphy)Provides information on biological activity such as inflammation or hyperactivity; lower resolution; low cost but decreasing in availablity; e.g. bone scans, thyroid scans
Radiation TherapyUses high energy radiation for treatment of cancer or other masses; a therapeutic procedure, not a diagnostic imaging modality