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. Add value to your practice by making use of our experienced radiologists who collectively have more than 30 years imaging experience.
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.
Robert M Kirberger
BVSc DVSc MMedVet(Rad) DipECVDI Dip Tertiary Teaching, South African Veterinary Council and European certified specialist radiologist.
Robert is the founder of Vet Imaging Specialists which has been taken over by Christelle le Roux. He has a particularly special interest in small animal radiology, ultrasound and CT.
Robert Kirberger obtained his BVSc degree in 1971 and then spent 16 years in private practice, mainly in the Highveld regions of Mpumalanga. In 1987 he returned to his alma mater and obtained his specialist radiology degree in 1991. In 1995 Robert was awarded diplomat status in the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. In 2013 he was awarded a DVSc degree for his work on the Diagnostic Imaging aspects of Spirocerca lupi. Robert has been an academic stalwart in South Africa and but has now retired from the Veterinary Faculty at Onderstepoort having been there more than 30 years teaching and doing research in Diagnostic Imaging. Much of Robert’s knowledge is gained from research he has done personally on everyday imaging problems and he has authored or co-authored more than 130 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a co-author of Handbook of Small Animal Radiology and Ultrasound: Techniques and Differential Diagnoses. (2nd Ed Elsevier 2010) and is the senior editor of the 2nd edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Musculoskeletal Imaging published in 2016. Robert is a regular speaker at national and international congresses and is the recipient of the SAVA clinical, research and President’s awards as well as being recognised as an exceptional academic achiever by the University of Pretoria in 2007. He has also been a National Research Foundation rated researcher for many years and has been a Faculty researcher of the year. Robert is the past president of the International Veterinary Radiology Association (IVRA).
Dr Christelle le Roux will do the bulk of the clinical reporting, with Prof Robert Kirberger mainly doing hip and elbow certifications. Outside specialist radiologists also may report on occasion if required.
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 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.
Visit www.savf.org.za for more information.