Diagnostic Imaging Services

Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Services

The Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital strives to be at the forefront of imaging technology. Our department has numerous imaging modalities for the broad range of species seen at the hospital, exotic, large and small. We have 2 faculty radiologists who are board certified Diplomates of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and five registered veterinary nurses. A nurse is available 24 hours a day to provide emergency service and imaging support.

Imaging services include digital radiography utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to provide the detail needed to find the smallest of lesions in animals of all sizes.

Fluoroscopy is used to obtain real-time images to aid in the diagnosis of tracheal and esophageal abnormalities.

Large and small animal computed tomography (CT) scans provide rapid, cross-sectional images that can be used to detect problems in tissue structures.

Large and small animal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is currently provided by a 1.5 Tesla scanner. It is a noninvasive procedure that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the body.

MRI is particularly useful in diagnosing neurological and musculoskeletal disorders.

Large and small animal nuclear medicine is available and is a subspecialty of radiology in which radioisotopes (compounds containing radioactive forms of atoms) are put into the body to evaluate organ function or localize bone disease such as stress fractures or tumor metastasis.

Finally, ultrasound machines are used to produce images of organs such as the kidneys, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, liver and gallbladder using high-frequency sound waves. Unlike a traditional x-ray, there is no ionizing radiation exposure with this imaging modality.

Our Staff



  • Masahiro Murakami, DVM
  • Garrett Oetelaar, DVM
  • Emily Donaldson, DVM
  • Tara Boozer, DVM


  • Donna Tudor, RT, Technician Supervisor
  • Kelly Guy, RVT
  • Christina DeYoung, RVT
  • Brittney Rhodes, RVT
  • Liane Shaw, RVT
  • Lydia Trott, RVT

Special Equipment/Technology

  • Computed Tomography
  • Digital Radiology
  • Fluoroscopy
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound Machine
  • Nuclear Imaging

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