Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Hospital Services
Companion Animal

Make an Appointment

  • We only accept outpatient appointments made by veterinarians on behalf of their clients.
  • If you believe your animal needs an imaging scan, please contact your primary veterinarian or specialist at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.

What to Expect During Imaging

Imaging What to ExpectIf you have an appointment for an outpatient imaging examination, check in at the main reception desk. After registration, a technician will meet you in the reception area, answer questions and take your pet for their examination. For most ultrasound examinations, you may accompany your pet.

Your animal may need to be sedated or anesthetized to prevent movement during imaging. We do this when we anticipate that the procedure might be uncomfortable or even painful, if the animal is anxious, and whenever we expect that not holding perfectly still would defeat the procedure – motion is the bane of imaging! We work with your primary Cornell veterinarian to decide which sedative or anesthetic is most appropriate. Radiographs and ultrasound are often done “awake”, sometimes with a sedative, and occasionally, when necessary, we manually restrain the animal. We minimize manually holding animals for radiographs to limit our own exposure to x-radiation. Animals receiving a CT are sedated or anesthetized but MRI patients are almost always given general anesthesia. Anesthesiologists are available to consult on all cases and ensure the safety of your animal.

We interpret images and provide an oral report on the same day the study is obtained followed by a written report. For hospitalized animals, emergency imaging and interpretation is available 24 - 7 - 365, by residents and faculty on back-up.