What is a veterinary radiologist?
A radiologist is a veterinarian who has undergone extensive clinical training (usually 3-4 years) in a university hospital environment as a clinical assistant or resident under the guidance of experienced academic radiologists. This training covers all species, including exotic and bird species, and all aspects of diagnostic imaging. This includes radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography and nuclear medicine. On completion of the qualifying examinations the radiologist is registered as a specialist with the South African Veterinary Council and may also become a board-certified diplomat in other countries and as such may also practice in those countries.
Christelle le Roux
BVSc Hons. MMedVet (Diag Im) DipECVDI, South African Veterinary Council and European certified specialist radiologist.
Christelle received her BVSc veterinary degree from Onderstepoort (University of Pretoria) in 2006 and then spent 6 years in small animal private practice in Pretoria. She returned to Onderstepoort to complete a residency in diagnostic imaging. She received her MMedVet (Diag Im) degree in 2016 and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (DipECVDI) in February 2018. She joined IDEXX Telemedicine Consultants as a part-time contractor in July 2017 and spent 3 years as Senior Lecturer and Section Head of Diagnostic Imaging, in the Department on Companion Animal Clinical Studies, University of Pretoria. She is the owner of Pointe Teleradiology Inc and has now combined the teleradiology services with Vet Imaging Specialists. She has a passion for dancing, piano and enjoys spending time outdoors with the dogs.
Teleradiology is the transmission of medical images, such as radiographs, CT or MRI, from one location to another, and refers to the practice of a radiologist interpreting images while not physically present in the location where the images are generated.
Teleradiology provides rapid turnaround times (Vet Imaging provides this service within 24 to 72 hours) and cuts out the post office as well as costs of courier companies to send your images, saving you money and time.
Once you are a registered user and have a username and password for our website, your images can be submitted to our server, which is designed to ensure reliability, security and stability of transmission. Our system can accept images from any make of digital system allowing fast and efficient reporting. We use efficient DICOM compression technology to communicate efficiently between your hospital, the server and our computers. We unfortunately do not accept JPEG images as our diagnostic capabilities are compromised on these images as image quality cannot be manipulated (e.g. brightness and contrast to optimize visibility of available image information). The report is sent to you via e-mail and is also available online with your images.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require information on submitting hard copy (film) images.
Vet Imaging Specialists donates a percentage of the income generated for each report to the South African Veterinary Foundation’s Veterinary Practitioner’s Research Fund, to enable research into disease and conditions commonly affecting our animals, as well as the South African Veterinary Association’s Community Veterinary Clinics, who supports veterinarians that provide education and primary veterinary care for animals in low-income communities.