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Upper West Side Feline Diagnostic Imaging

Our Veterinarians Use Advanced Technology to Properly Assess Your Cat’s Health

Veterinary diagnostic imaging is used as a tool to collect information regarding your cat’s health. Most of the diagnostic imaging we provide is non-invasive and completely painless. However, because some imaging requires your cat to be completely still for us to get clear images, we might have to administer sedation or anesthesia. At Manhattan Cat Specialists, our veterinarians use these images to formulate the proper course of action to restore your cat’s health.

If your cat is demonstrating signs of pain, contact us by calling (917) 242-4235.

Digital Radiology

X-rays are an important diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. At Manhattan Cat Specialists, we offer state-of-the-art digital radiography, resulting in clearer, more accurate radiographic images. Digital radiographic images can be e-mailed to referral centers or universities in cases where a second opinion from a specialist is warranted.

Abdominal & Thoracic Ultrasound

Ultrasounds offer a non-invasive method of visualizing masses and organs within the chest and/or abdomen. Generally, more detail and structure can be obtained with an ultrasound than with radiographs. Ultrasounds are performed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by Dr. Patrick Hopper, a board-certified veterinary internist.


Evaluating the stomach and initial part of the small intestines through the use of endoscopy is a valuable diagnostic tool. A common problem that some middle aged and older cats have is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Cats with IBD usually have vomiting and/or diarrhea symptoms, but sometimes present with weight loss as the only complaint. Endoscopy offers a relatively non-invasive method of obtaining gastrointestinal biopsies for establishing a diagnosis. Dr. Patrick Hopper, board-certified veterinary internist, is in the office every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to perform endoscopies.


If there is indication of potential heart disease, such as a newly discovered or a worsening heart murmur or a persistent cough, a complete cardiac evaluation is required. Chest radiographs, an EKG, and an echocardiogram will assist with defining the extent and cause of potential cardiac disease and determining whether treatment is necessary.


Cats with chronic upper respiratory signs (persistent sneezing and congestion, noisy breathing) may have an inflammatory or cancerous condition within the nasal cavity. Rhinoscopy allows visualization of the inside of the nasal cavity. Cultures and biopsy specimens can be obtained during the procedure to secure a definitive diagnosis. Rhinoscopies are available every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, performed by Dr. Patrick Hopper, a board-certified veterinary internist.

For more information on digital imaging, please call (917) 242-4235 to speak with one of our veterinarians today.

The Purrrrfect Choice

  • State-Of-The-Art Medicine

    We provide the latest in medicine with an emphasis on sound laboratory and imaging diagnostics, pain minimizing, and discomfort alleviation.

  • Extensive Feline Exams

    We recommend that every feline get examined twice a year, not just when health problems arise. We want your cat's health to be top of mind year long.

  • Custom Health Plans

    Our doctors develop tailored health plans for every stage of your cat's 9 lives.

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