Medical Center For Birds

3807 Main Street
Oakley, CA 94561


Advanced Imaging

At Medical Center For Birds, we utilize a combination of imaging modalities, to best shape diagnosis and treatment plans for our patients. Although many of these are not commonly available at most private practices, we view their availability and our options to utilize them when indicated as keys to enhancing the quality of the care we can provide. 

Digital Projection Radiography

This radiographic imaging modality is the most common one found at many veterinary practices. Our experience and expertise in proper patient positioning and interpretation of these images allow for rapid diagnosis.


Fluoroscopy is a type of real-time radiograph which displays on a video monitor. This type of imaging adds the third dimension, time, to regular projection radiographic images and allows us to distinguish functional motional deficits within the gastrointestinal tract and other locations. With the addition of barium contrast media, even a greater understanding of the real-time function of the GI tract can be obtained. The advantages of fluoroscopy also include the absence of manual restraint, sedation, or anesthesia of the patient.


Diagnostic ultrasound adds an additional dimension to patient evaluation and diagnosis. Ultrasound uses sound waves to generate real-time images.

Its greatest merits for us with birds come in the diagnosis of heart disease as well as and soft tissue abnormalities, typically within the abdominal region. 

CT Scan

In December 2016, we welcomed the latest in advanced imaging equipment to our practice, our Vimago High-Definition CT scanner! This imaging option brings us highly sensitive, three-dimensional imaging and diagnostic capabilities for patient evaluations. Not including anesthesia or sedation time, many individual CT studies can be performed in as little as 30 seconds. Although CT is widely valuable for evaluation of the respiratory tract and skeletal systems, when it is combined with the use of intravenous contrast media, most soft tissue structures can be critically evaluated. Additionally, CT offers us the capability of employing 3-D printing for the purpose of prosthetic design and applications.