Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to obtain images of the body. It is most commonly used to obtain non-invasive images of the abdomen and heart but is also useful for other areas of the chest, superficial soft tissue of the head, neck and trunk and in the limbs.
Abdominal ultrasound allows examination of all the major abdominal organs with high-resolution images usually obtained. Samples of abnormal areas can be taken with ultrasound guidance.
The quality and value of an abdominal ultrasound examination is dependent on the skill and experience of the operator and on the equipment being used.
Since 2010 I have performed ultrasound examinations on more than 6000 patients. I use a portable high specification Philips CX50 ultrasound machine.
Radiography remains an important imaging modality although other more advanced techniques may be required to provide additional information. Radiographs are pictures of the body produced using x-rays. An over-view of an area of anatomy is obtained.
Specialist review and reporting of the image can improve the diagnostic value of the radiograph in many cases. Images can be uploaded in DICOM format through this website.
Computed Tomography (CT)
CT uses x-rays to produce cross-sectional images of a patient. Unlike radiographs, superimposition of structures is avoided. Images of the patient in any plane can also be constructed. Much more detail is seen compared to radiographs and samples of abnormal areas can be obtained with CT or ultrasound guidance.
I report CT studies for VetCT, an international teleradiology company and for North Downs Specialist Referrals, a multidisciplinary hospital.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses a strong magnetic field to produce images with superior detail of soft tissue. MRI is the technique of choice for imaging the brain and spinal cord.
Who is Andrew Denning
I have been working in companion animal practice for more than 30 years. My qualifications in veterinary diagnostic imaging are
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Radiology
International Veterinary Ultrasound Society Certificate in Small Animal Ultrasound
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Diploma in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
I was recognised by the RCVS as a Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2012 and was reaccredited in 2018.
I have been working with veterinary surgeons in the South East of England to provide referral standard diagnostic imaging for their patients since 2010.
I can bring specialist ultrasound into your practice on Tuesday and Thursday each week.
I also work at North Downs Specialist Referrals on Friday each week and report CT and x-ray studies for VetCT, an international teleradiology company on Wednesdays.
I participate in continual professional development and teaching for veterinary surgeons and veterinary students through lectures at meetings, writing and reviewing journal articles and as a guest lecturer at Surrey Vet School. I am a member of the European Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, the International Veterinary Ultrasound Society and the British College of Veterinary Specialists.
RCVS Recognised Specialists have completed advanced training and passed post-graduate Diploma examinations and are reaccredited every 5 years. There are currently only 71 RCVS Recognised Specialists in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and not all of these work in the UK. RCVS Recognised Specialists must
- possess an RCVS, EBVS or AVMA-ABVS Diploma or other relevant post graduate qualification
- be acknowledged by their peers in the area of specialisation
- document that they continue their own educational and professional development as well as the education of fellow vets by publishing, teaching, reviewing, examining and attending national and international specialist meetings
- be available for referral by other veterinary colleagues
- document that they are currently an active practitioner within the specialist field