Radiographic Consultations

Please review the following information regarding radiographic consultations. 

Outfilm Radiographic Consultation Form

Effective May 1st, 2019:

Dear Veterinarian,

For many years, the Medical Imaging Service of the Veterinary Medical Center has provided external consulting services for veterinarians submitting electronic or hard copy images. The hospital discontinued teleradiology services two years ago but we are still receiving some images for consultation. While we have appreciated the opportunity to serve practices in this role for many years, there are now many options for imaging consultation through teleradiology. These services have access to large numbers of board-certified radiologists who can provide more timely service at a more competitive cost.

Effective May 1 and for the foreseeable future, the VMC will no longer be providing external imaging consults, allowing us to focus our Imaging Service faculty on the more immediate service, teaching and research needs of the hospital and college. If you have questions regarding the diagnosis or care of a patient, we ask that you please refer that patient to the appropriate VMC service. Any images submitted will be reviewed by our clinicians and referred to our radiologists, if necessary, with the results of any further diagnostic imaging communicated with you.

We thank you for your continued support of the VMC and hope these changes will actually provide improved care and service for your patients

How does this service work?

The U of MN Medical Imaging Service offers diagnostic interpretation of analog (film) and digital images via one of two ways. An Outfilm consultation service is available for x-ray film and digital images (Monday thru Friday interpretations only).

How do I submit a procedure for consultation?

Fill out and print our Outfilm Consultation form. This form is required for all consultations. If mailing film or CDs, send the form with the images to the address below. If you are emailing or sending images to our DICOM server (see consult form for email address / DICOM server information), please fax the completed request to 612-624-4725.

Medical Imaging Department
University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center
1365 Gortner Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

What types of images can I send?

The Imaging Department accepts x-ray film by mail, or DICOM (.dcm) images sent on CD (with your software’s viewer), via email, or to our DICOM server (see request form for details). See our Outfilm Consultation form for information necessary to send images to our server. Please consult your IT professional and/or vendor if you are having difficulty transmitting images, as we may be unfamiliar with your particular system. 

Please note:  We no longer will accept JPEG, BMP, or TIFF images for diagnostic interpretations. The conversion into these formats from the original image results in information loss and therefore are not considered to be of diagnostic quality.

How do I know if you have received my digital images?

Once we have received a faxed consultation form indicating you are submitting digital images to our server, we will check to see if your images have arrived. It is important that you indicate the date, patient’s ID and number of images so we can find the images on our server (or email). We will call you if we cannot locate your study or if the correct number of images is not present.

What studies will you interpret?

We will interpret radiographs (analog or digital), computed tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI) studies.  We also provide evaluation of images for AAHA-certification. Please be sure to include the necessary AAHA paperwork with your images.

How much does an image consultation cost [as of July 1st, 2018]?

  • Radiographic studies cost $90 for written consultation.
  • Radiographic studies cost $119 for both written and verbal consultation.
  • CT studies cost $141for the first region and $52 for each additional region.
  • MRI studies cost $175for the first region and $74for each additional region. 
  • AAHA Radiographic certification (please call for price)

How quickly will I get my report?

Consults received by 4 p.m. on a UMN business day will generally be interpreted before the end of that business day. However, it may take up to 24 hours. Consults received on weekends or holidays will be read the following business day. Once a consult is completed you will receive a report faxed to your clinic. Completed reports are also available on the MyVMC Portal

Do you offer a STAT service?

Unfortunately, due to our own busy caseload and faculty commitments, we cannot offer STAT interpretations.

How do I contact you with Questions?

Call Medical Imaging at 612-625-1200
Fax: 612-624-4725