Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists

Diagnostic Imaging

Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists is equipped with state-of-the-art technology including CT, Ultrasound, and digital x-ray machines.
Veterinary Services

Diagnostic Imaging

Here at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, we offer the latest technology to provide your pet with the highest level of quality veterinary care. It is difficult to see your pet in pain or suffering and not know what’s wrong. At Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, our team is well-trained to quickly obtain the test results we need to diagnose and treat your pet’s condition. Our diagnostic imaging services include:


Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists is equipped with a brand new BrightSpeed 16-slice CT. This machine scans in seconds, which means our team is able to perform more scans under sedation instead of full anesthesia. This makes the process much easier for your pet.

The images taken on our CT are not only extremely high quality but they can also be reconstructed in 3D, which allows our specialists to extract much more information.

CT scans are available at our Buzzards Bay location.

ct machine


Ultrasound is a pain-free, non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet’s internal organs. Often considered more exact than radiographs, ultrasound provides a “movie” of what is happening inside your pet’s body.

Ultrasound is particularly useful when veterinarians need to view your pet’s abdominal organs, including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. Ultrasound can also be used to evaluate heart functions, bladder scans, and other areas such as the thyroid glands, testicles, and mammary glands.

Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion on your pet, an ultrasound can determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet’s body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery, and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists utilizes only state-of-the-art ultrasound-assisted procedures, offering collaborative diagnostic ultrasound services to all internal departments and referring veterinarians.

Included in our ultrasound services, we have Stable Patient Ultrasound Referral (SPUR) appointments available. These are outpatient referral ultrasounds; therefore, the request must be submitted by a referring veterinarian. We will contact you to schedule your appointment. This appointment will occur within a few weeks following the referral. If an urgent or emergent ultrasound is needed, please contact our emergency service.

The referrals occur through a password-protected page for veterinarians, which is located on our website HERE, where they can learn more about the referral ultrasounds and have the ability to access our referral form. The password has been distributed via email to local veterinarians; however, If they do not have the password, they can call us at 508-759-5125 or email

vet showing an ultrasound image


Both of our hospital locations utilize digital radiology with the ability to manipulate images to maximize diagnostic potential. Radiographs are easily shared with your primary veterinarian to ensure a collaborative approach to patient care. All of our radiographs are reviewed by a veterinary specialist in radiology, surgery, internal medicine, or critical care.