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Diagnostic Imaging
Working with veterinarians across the hospital to diagnose patients and develop the best treatment plans

Diagnostic Imaging

With advanced imaging technologies – of the same caliber found in modern human hospitals – and highly trained and experienced staff, our diagnostic imaging team supports nearly every service in the hospital to diagnose patients and develop the best treatment plans.

Our board-certified radiologists interpret images while training radiology interns and residents and instructing fourth-year veterinary students. We also review images for veterinarians around the region.

Imaging modalities to diagnose patients and monitor therapy

  • Radiography, commonly known as X-rays, is often the first modality used to investigate nearly all body systems.
  • Ultrasound is very useful to view soft tissues, particularly abdominal organs, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Computed tomography, or CT scan, provides high-resolution images for nearly every body system in our small animal patients and is vital for planning radiation therapy to treat cancer. For large animals, it is used to evaluate the limbs and head.
  • Fluoroscopy allows radiologists to see how patients breathe, swallow, and cough in real-time. It is often used to diagnose collapse of the airways or esophageal disorders.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is used for imaging soft tissue structures and considered the gold standard for the evaluation of the brain and spinal cord.
  • Nuclear scintigraphy is most often used for locating musculoskeletal injuries and evaluating thyroid disorders.

Application Deadlines

Residency Program (3 years)

Currently, no Resident positions are available.

Internship Program (1 year from July 1 to July 1)

Application deadline: March 13, 2023

Position announcements: March 31, 2023

How to apply

Applicants to the residency or internship program must include:

  • A letter of intent to include what you expect from the position, your professional goals, and special interests
  • A curriculum vitae including a list of references
  • Transcripts from veterinary school(s) (an official English translation must be included if not in English)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A current photograph

*Due to COVID-19 concerns, in-person visits will not be a viable option this year. Zoom meetings can be scheduled in lieu of in-person visits*

Please send materials electronically in PDF format to our graduate coordinator:

Jordan Willett

About the Internship Program

WSU offers two imaging internships focusing on the acquisition of diagnostic images in all modalities (other than ultrasound), for all small and large animal species. Interns will learn primary positioning, independent quality assurance, limited report writing, and introduction to ultrasound.  Interns will also be expected to attend rounds and have the opportunity to attend resident classes and case conference sessions as time permits.