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For Referring Veterinarians

Contact Information:
612-625-1200 [regular hours]
  Urolith Evaluator
Outpatient Services:
Routine radiology procedures
OFA Hips and elbows
Noninvasive ultrasound procedures

OUTFILM: Referral Radiographic Interpretation for area referring veterinarians
 Radiology Consult Form [.pdf, updated: February 2015]
 The form above is in a pdf format which will allow you to type in the information, save to your computer and print out to include with the procedure.


1. Teleradiology:
If your system is digital, we recommend using our Teleradiology Service. This service allows a hospital to submit digital images and have them interpreted by one of our radiologists at a significant cost savings.

Available: Monday thru Saturday and during some University Holidays.

For more information, please contact the Medical Imaging Department (612-625-1200) or visit the Teleradiology Information site.

Please note, the above service takes 2-3 working days to setup, so immediate submissions through this service would not be possible.

2. All other Digital Submissions:
Ideal submission method is a CD/DVD, however, you may submit digital images via email. The only acceptable email address is: vetpacs[at]umn[dot]edu (change the [at] to @ and [dot] to a period. This is written out to prevent SPAM bots from sending us emails. Please place OUTFILM as the email subject.

Available: Monday thru Friday. This service is not available on weekends or during University holidays.

Only DICOM (.dcm) Images Accepted: For an accurate diagnostic interpretation we require DICOM images be submitted. JPEG/BMP/TIFF images are not ideal as they are compressed and there is a loss of important information that is included from your digital x-rays system.

Three important reasons for submitting DICOM images include:
a) ability to make accurate size measurements of lesions.
b) ability to manually window and level images allowing for a more accurate diagnosis in detecting abnormalities.
c) ability to make other adjustements to the image (such as zoom, magnification, etc) without greatly influencing the image quality.

DICOM images are often large files, so you may need to send each image individually. Alternatively, if your system has DICOM send capabilities, the Medical Imaging Department can provide you with a server IP address, AE title and Port Number for submitting them directly from your system.

 VHA Member Radiology Consults 
  Tele-Radiographic Interpretation for local, regional, national veterinarians

Inpatient Services:
Radiographs [small, large and exotic animals]
Special Radiographic Procedures [such as cystourethrography, general fluoroscopy, intravenous urography, upper gi studies, myelography, etc]
Computed Tomography
Feline Hyperthyroid (Iodine 131) Therapy
Radionuclide Imaging [including Bone, Portal, Thyroid, Pulmonary, and Renal Scans]
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
External Beam Radiation Therapy
Special Equipment:
Acuson Sequoia Ultrasound with Doppler, Harmonics, 3D capabilities
GE Logiq 9 Ultrasound machine with Doppler, Harmonics, 3D capabilities
Toshiba Aquilion 64 slice CT scanner
GE Signa 3-T MR unit
Omega 500 Gamma Camera with Mirage imaging software
10 MeV Linear Accelerator (Radiation Therapy)
Useful Information:
Advanced Imaging (including, Ultrasound, CT and MRI procedures) can be done on an outpatient basis via our AVID service. This service includes the full abdominal scan, a phone call from the radiologist to the referring DVM, and a faxed written report.
Non-emergent ultrasounds are not done on weekends or after hours [9 am to 5 pm]
Fine needle aspirates or biopsies are not done on an outpatient basis.
Animals that may need to be sedated must come through a VMC clinician.
Client Information:
131I: Treatment of Feline Hyperthyroidism [.pdf]


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