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Veterinary Radiology is the use of x-rays, ultrasound and advanced imaging (CT scan and MRI) in the diagnosis and ultimate treatment of your pet.  CVETS has the only board certified radiologist on staff in the Columbia area.  They  have completed an extensive three-year residency program to become a board certified radiologist.


Veterinary Radiology is a combination of the skill of the radiologist and the technology available to them. CVETS has the most advanced imaging equipment available including: digital radiography, ultrasound, a 16 slice CT scanner and a 1.5T MRI unit. CVETS radiologist completes in-house reviews of all diagnostic imaging, outpatient review of radiographs for referral hospitals and completed outpatient ultrasound exams.

Radiology Services

  • Digital radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI

Meet our Radiologist

Dr. Rudy Rivas, DACVR

CVETS is the only specialty hospital in South Carolina with a staff Radiologist. Dr. Rivas was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and grew up in Barinas. Barinas is a town in the southwestern part of the country. Growing up on a farm in Venezuela, he always knew that he wanted to be a Veterinarian. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, majoring in Biology and Psychology. Afterwards, he attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, Dr. Rivas completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and then matched for a Diagnostic Imaging Residency at North Carolina State University. Dr. Rivas reviews all of the x-rays and CT scans completed at CVETS and performs all of the ultrasound examinations. In addition, he reviews x-rays and performs outpatient ultrasounds for the CVETS referral community.