Diagnostic Imaging


Diagnostic Imaging: Complex is our Everyday

Home to one of the UK’s largest team of internationally renowned Specialist Radiologists and world-class diagnostic facilities, Willows offers an unrivalled Diagnostic Imaging service which forms one of the cornerstones of our multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

Leading-edge technology, outstanding clinical expertise and a bespoke approach to every patient ensures that the best possible images are captured, interpreted and guided providing the most accurate and rapid diagnosis, allowing better patient outcomes and more detailed clinical information for clients and referring vets alike.

Our diagnostic imaging equipment includes:
• A 1.5 tesla MRI scanner
• A 64 slice CT scanner with ECG gating
• A superb Logiq S8 ultrasound unit with a range of probes
• Two digital X-ray rooms with auto-exposure facility
• A high-end fluoroscopy unit for real time/movie X-ray viewing in and outside the operating theatre
• Instant image retrieval on a number of workstations around the hospital.

Meet The Team

Andrew Tanner



Andrew trained as a radiographer at King’s College Hospital, graduating in Diagnostic Radiography from King’s College London in 1997. He then spent the next nine years working as a radiographer in Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.

During this time Andrew gained experience in a wide range of imaging modalities and techniques, reaching Senior 1 grade before changing disciplines and moving into veterinary imaging in 2006 as a radiographer with the Royal Veterinary College.

Since joining Willows in 2009, Andrew has been enjoying the various opportunities presented by a newly commissioned imaging department with such first class facilities. He has a particular interest in the CT and MRI services and their application in the diagnostic imaging of domestic pets.

Elizabeth Baines


RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Lizza qualified from Cambridge in 1990. She developed an interest in radiology whilst in small animal practice in the West Midlands and Manchester and gained the RCVS Certificate in Radiology in 1995. In 1998 she began a residency in Diagnostic Imaging, gaining the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Radiology in 2000 and becoming a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in 2001. On completion of her residency in 2001, Elizabeth was appointed as Clinical Radiologist at Cambridge, where she remained for a further 3 years. In 2004, she moved to the Royal Veterinary College as a Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging until joining Willows in September 2011.

Lizza has been an examiner for the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging for several years and is currently an examiner for the Diagnostic Imaging modules of the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. She is a scrutineer on the BVA/KC canine hip and elbow dysplasia health schemes and works as a consultant for Idexx.

Lizza has a number of imaging publications in scientific journals and is a contributor to the BSAVA Manuals of Canine and Feline Thoracic Imaging, Canine and Feline Abdominal Imaging and Canine and Feline Cardiorespiratory Medicine (second edition) and the BSAVA Foundation Manual of Radiography and Radiology.

Lizza is delighted to work in the specialist imaging team at Willows, providing the best possible service to both the primary care clinicians and the multi-disciplinary specialist team. Her particular interests are in anatomy and imaging in oncology.

When not at work, Lizza enjoys singing, ice-skating and looking after her two daughters and three cats.

Sally Griffin


RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Sally graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Liverpool in 2007. She then spent an enjoyable four years at a small animal practice in the West Midlands, during which time she developed a keen interest in the use of ultrasound. This led to an enthusiasm for diagnostic imaging generally and, as a result, Sally then undertook a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice with an emphasis on imaging. In 2011, Sally began a residency in veterinary diagnostic imaging at the University of Bristol, which she completed in 2014. During this time, she published several papers and successfully passed both the Certificate and the European Diploma in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, attaining European Specialist status in 2014.

Sally enjoys all aspects of diagnostic imaging but is particularly interested in the cross-sectional imaging modalities of CT and MRI. She feels very privileged to be part of a team of like-minded individuals, offering a service at the very highest level.

Luis Mesquita


European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Luis graduated in 2008 from the University of Porto in Portugal. He worked as general practitioner in Braga (Portugal) where he developed an interest in diagnostic imaging.

In 2010 Luis was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci scholarship from the University of Porto, which allowed him to move to the UK and undertake an internship in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital. Luis stayed at the University of Liverpool and undertook a Residency in Diagnostic Imaging from 2011-2016. During his residency, he developed a special interest in use of computed tomography for assessment of respiratory diseases. Having completed his residency in 2016, Luis was promoted to the position of Lecturer in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Liverpool. Luis joined the diagnostic imaging team at Willows in February 2017 and successfully passed the European Diploma in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, attaining European Specialist status in 2018.

Outside of work, Luis loves playing sport and traveling, and he is a big football fan.

Ewa Stanczyk


European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Ewa graduated from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences (Poland) in 2009, where she also undertook a PhD degree. After receiving the PhD and spending a short time in private practice, she was accepted for a residency position in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging at Vetsuisse-Fakultät – Universität Zürich in Switzerland.

Ewa completed her residency training in 2018, and in February the following year passed the board exams. Since then she has been working as a radiologist in a teleradiology company and does locums in the UK and Switzerland.

Ewa enjoys all aspects of Diagnostic Imaging and has a particular interest in teaching and research. 

Amy Ferreira


European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Amy studied at and graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2013 as a Veterinary Surgeon. After a short stint in first opinion practice, she developed a strong interest in Diagnostic Imaging. Amy completed a general rotating internship and worked in the Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Department of the University of Pretoria. In 2016 she moved to England and began a residency in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Liverpool.

After completing her residency in 2019, Amy worked for a short time in a private practice before joining the Diagnostic Imaging team at Willows in November 2019. Amy successfully passed the European Diploma in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging in January 2020 and enjoys all aspects of Diagnostic Imaging.

When not at work, Amy loves spending time outdoors walking her dog and travelling around the country.

James Whitlock


ECVDI Resident in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

James graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2015. He enjoyed two years of first opinion practice in Kent and developed a keen interest in abdominal ultrasound. Following this, he returned to the RVC to complete a rotating internship where he got more exposure to the advanced imaging modalities of CT & MRI. Before joining Willows James spent a year at a busy referral centre near Newmarket as a Specialist Diagnostic Imaging Intern.

James is currently working towards a European Diploma in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging. James likes all things related to diagnostic imaging and has been involved in multiple research studies on varied topics. His interests include the MRI appearance of cerebrovascular disease and the use of computer-aided detection in diagnostic imaging.

When not at work James enjoys watching rugby and trying and failing to train his two dogs Bert & Bumble.

David Casado Bregon


ECVDI Resident in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging Resident

David graduated from the University of León (Spain) in 2012. After completing a Master’s Degree, he enjoyed few years working in small animal practices between Spain and Portugal. In 2016, David moved to the UK where he worked in a busy first opinion hospital near Bristol before undertaking a small animal rotating internship in a referral centre in Surrey. Before joining Willows, he spent a year at a referral centre in Basildon as a Diagnostic Imaging Intern. Currently, David is working towards a European diploma in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging. He enjoys all aspects of diagnostic imaging, and is very interested in research.

When not at work, David enjoys playing and watching sports (especially football) and travelling around the world.

Jinjing He


Diagnostic Imaging Resident

Jinjing graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2020 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS). She then went on to work in a referral hospital in the Northeast before joining Willows in 2022.

Jinjing enjoys all aspects of Veterinary medicine with a particular interest in Diagnostic Imaging. She is enrolled with the University of Liverpool for a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging.

Jinjing has two rescue cats, Luna and Billie and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and exploring nature.

Giorgio Kallis


Diagnostic Imaging Resident

Giorgio graduated as a Veterinary Surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in 2019. After graduating, he spent three years working in a first opinion small animal hospital in London where he enjoyed practising across all disciplines with a high emergency caseload and undertook the Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice.

His strong passion for Diagnostic Imaging was furthered with exposure to the cross-sectional imaging modalities whilst undertaking a rotating internship at Davies Veterinary Specialists.

Giorgio joined Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in 2024 as a Diagnostic Imaging resident. He feels fortunate to be part of such a renowned multi-disciplinary team and to be amongst the forefront of advancement in veterinary medicine, taking pride in the excellent care of our patients.

Giorgio’s areas of particular interest include portosystemic shunts and cerebrovascular diseases. Outside of work, Giorgio is a keen mixed martial artist and enjoys spending time with friends and family.


What is MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)?

Unlike many other veterinary MRI facilities in the UK, our 1.5 tesla MRI scanner has a complete range of MRI coils – these are placed around the patient to obtain the best image quality. Given the great variety of shapes and sizes of animals which we encounter on a daily basis, having a wide range of coils to choose from is very important, as this allows our Specialist Imagers to optimise the MRI studies for each individual patient.


What is CT (Computed Tomography)?

Willows is home to a top-of-the range, 64-slice Siemens CT scanner enabling highly accurate lesion localisation. Although it uses x-rays to create an image, the modern design of the CT scanner keeps the radiation dose to the patient to an absolute minimum. The CT has the ability to image multiple slices at once, enabling images to be acquired in much less time.


What is Fluoroscopy?

Mobile image intensifiers allow our Specialist Imagers to view ‘live’ x-ray images, which is a requirement for some of our patients. Fluoroscopy is most commonly used for operating on patients with portosystemic shunts (an abnormal blood vessel that allows the blood supply to bypass the liver), however it can also be used to perform certain studies of the gastrointestinal tract, and to assist our surgeons when placing metal implants in orthopaedic procedures.


What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is an ideal way of imaging in real-time, for many of our patients it can be utilised in obtaining biopsies from organs without the need for major surgery. At Willows we have high-end ultrasound imaging facilities and a wide range of ultrasound probes, allowing us to see inside and behind the eye of ocular patients, inside the abdomen (and the chest) of some of our medical and soft tissue surgical patients, and even into muscles and tendons of some of orthopaedic patients. For more information about ultrasound please see our pet health information sheet ‘What is an ultrasound scan?’.

Diagnostic Imaging

Find out more

To assist owners in understanding more about Diagnostic Imaging, we have put together a range of information sheets to talk you through the some of the main areas forms of Diagnostic Imaging at Willows.