Test Results

Most test results come back within a week or so


Radiographs (x-rays)


Computed Tomography (CT/CAT scan)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Cytology (Fine needle aspirate)

Biopsy (histopathology)

Culture and Sensitivity

Stone Analysis



  • Complete Blood Counts, Serum Chemistry, and many in-house tests can be back within minutes to a few hours
  • Some types of tests sent out will be back in a day or two
  • Other tests may take a few weeks for final results


  • Radiographs (X-rays)
    • Standard films generally only take minutes if they can be done on an unsedated pet
    • Films requiring sedation or anesthesia may take an hour or two to coordinate
      • Myelogram
      • Excretory urogram (aka Intravenous Pyelogram - IVP)
    • A barium series / upper GI contrast study will take several hours, and sometimes the final film is taken the next day
    • Radiologist review
      • If your films are sent to a radiologist to review, the report will not be back for a few hours, and possibly not until the next day
  • Ultrasound
    • 5 to 30+ minutes depending on the extent of the study; however, the timing when the study can be performed often must be worked into a doctor's busy schedule
    • If your films are sent to a radiologist or internal medicine specialist to review, the report will not be back for a few hours, and possibly not until the next day
  • Computed Tomography
    • Studies may take minutes or several hours.
    • Top of the line Vimago CT (available at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center), a study may literally take under a minute.
      • Your pet will need only light sedation rather full general anesthesia.
    1. If your films are sent to a radiologist to review, the final report will not be back for several hours, and possibly not until the next day
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • With the low-field magnets used by all of the MRI's in the veterinary hospitals in Brevard County, the studies may take several hours and result in limited diagnostic ability.
    • High-field magnet MRI studies are much more rapid and diagnostic.
      • Available at the University of Florida and other veterinary hospitals within a few hours.
      • Human MRIs are high field magnets, but most are unwilling to allow animals in their facilities. Maybe you have a connection that can facilitate this?

Cytology (fine needle aspirate, smears, or scrapings of cells on a slide)

  • In-house cytology can yield results in minutes
  • Samples sent to an outside laboratory should generally yield results within a day, but sometimes it is longer

Histopathology (biopsy samples sent to a pathologist)

  • Results are often available within 3-5 days. 
  • Stat results may expedite things by a day, but there are limitations, as the tissue has to fix/harden in formalin for a period of time before it can even be sectioned/cut and evaluated by the pathologist.
  • Bone and hard/calcified tissue may take 7-10 days to process
  • Immunohistochemistry, Special Stains, and other advanced testing may take a couple weeks more.

Culture and Sensitivity (testing for the presence of bacteria (or other organisms) and identifying which antimicrobials are appropriate

  • Prelimary results are often available within 3 days
  • Final results are usually available in 7 days
  • Fungal cultures may take 4 weeks to be deemed negative

Calculi (stone) analysis (generally for urinary bladder, gall bladder, or kidney stones)

  • University of Minnesota offers FREE testing, though it generally takes 12-18 days for a result. 
  • Free does not include shipping.
  • Faster results can be obtained elsewhere, but at additional cost

Generally speaking, if you are expecting results and have not heard back within a week, contact Dr. Christiansen to find out when you should expect answers


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