Diagnostic Imaging

animal types

companion equine livestock exotic

Our service offers some of the most advanced imaging technologies available in veterinary medicine, of the same caliber found in a modern human hospital. Our diagnostic imaging capabilities include the full breadth of modalities, and are run by our team of on-site, board-certified radiologists and experienced technological staff.

A dedicated member of the anesthesia and pain management service will be assigned exclusively to the task of closely monitoring your animal’s vitals and potential side effects during any procedure requiring pain management or anesthesia.


Our staff perform inpatient diagnostic imaging services requested by patients’ veterinary specialist within the hospital. Interpretation of imaging results is communicated to the ordering service, who delivers the final report and diagnosis to the client.

Specialized technology

Our state-of-the art equipment can accommodate the medical imaging needs of companion animals (dogs and cats), large animals (including performance and sport horses, wool and fiber animals, cattle, and other farm animals), and exotic, avian, and zoo animals.

Computed tomography (CT) scanner

Siemens Somaton Force

The 128 slice, dual-energy source CT is the first of its kind, with two tubes and two detectors combined that allow for incredibly fast imaging with low radiation output. This is the first Force CT scanner in all of Colorado and the first one in a veterinary hospital west of the Mississippi.​

Digital radiology (X-ray) machine

Siemens Multix Top, Toshiba KXD-80F, and Vertex X-ray Tube

We perform radiographic examinations of the thorax, abdomen, and skeleton for both small and large animal patients. We also perform special contrast procedures with a Philips Veradius C-arm to evaluate the urinary and gastrointestinal tracts, spine, joints, and heart.​​​​

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner

Siemens Altea 1.5 Tesla MRI

Using some of the most up-to-date technology in the field today, our MRI provides high-resolution, detailed imaging for the diagnosis of neurologic, oncologic, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular conditions. With technological advances come speed and efficiency, which means patients have shorter times under anesthesia.

Nuclear medicine

Radioactive iodine (I-131) is a therapy used to treat feline hyperthyroidism. This radiopharmaceutical is taken up by the thyroid gland and destroys the cells responsible for the clinical disease. Following injection of a predetermined dose of this radiopharmaceutical, cats are housed in a dedicated ward for a period of time until their radioactive levels are considered safe for them to be released from the hospital.

Nuclear scintigraphy

Digital Omega Gamma Camera

Detects a radioactive tracer after its injection and circulation in the body before imaging. This is most frequently used in small animal thyroid and renal functional imaging, as well as for detection of portosystemic shunts.

The gamma camera is also utilized for equine musculoskeletal scintigraphy to help detect potential causes of lameness or poor performance in horses. It can be useful in areas that may be difficult to image with other imaging modalities, such as the axial skeleton.

PET/CT scanner

Siemens Biograph mCT

A PET/CT scan is a diagnostic imaging tool that combines imaging from a short-acting radioactive isotope with a computed tomography (CT) image. The combined images provide detailed information about patients’ anatomy, physiology, and organ function to get a full 3D picture of the patient’s internal health.

Ultrasound machine

Toshiba Aplio 500, GE LOGIQ, and Toshiba 1700 (Equine)

With ultrasonography, we can evaluate soft tissue organs such as the abdomen, thorax, neck, and musculoskeletal system. We use ultrasound to guide aspirations (the removal of small amounts of material) and biopsies, as well as for Doppler analysis during vascular examinations.

contact information

Questions Phone: (970) 297-5000
Advanced imaging capabilities combined with our specialists’ expertise allow for more in-depth diagnostics and care for every patient.