Amy F. Sato - DVM, DACVR

As a veterinary radiologist, Dr. Amy Sato specializes in diagnosing animals using computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, nuclear medicine and radiography (X-rays). She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology.

Dr. Sato grew up in Southern California and Upstate New York. A childhood love of the works of James Herriot and a devotion to a dog with a seizure disorder fueled Dr. Sato's desire to become a veterinarian. Following her veterinary studies at the University of California at Davis, she undertook an internship at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. After completing her radiology residency at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine she stayed on as a faculty member. She serves as the course director of the school's "Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging" course for second-year students and also lectures in the "Respiratory Pathophysiology” course. "I like to take complicated topics and make them appear simple so that students can learn instead of being intimidated," she says. "Watching them experience the "aha! moment" is always gratifying."

Dr. Sato lives with her husband and two young daughters in nearby Shrewsbury, MA. Their family also includes two cats. In her spare moments, she enjoys cooking, ballroom dancing and studying Japanese.

Education

  • BS - Stanford University - 1990
  • DVM - University of California at Davis - 1996
House Officer Training
  • Radiology Residency - Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine - 1997-2000

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Radiology - 2000
  1. Müller, A.V., Marschner, C.B., Kristensen, A.T., Wiinberg, B., Sato, A.F., Rubio, J.M.A., McEvoy, F.J. 2017. Pulmonary vasculature in dogs assessed by three-dimensional fractal analysis and chemometrics. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.
  2. Freeman, L.M., Sutherland-Smith, J., Prantil, L.R., Sato, A.F., Rush, J.E., Barton, B.A. 2017. Quantitative assessment of muscle in dogs using a vertebral epaxial muscle score. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research.
  3. Taylor, S., Rozanski, E., Sato, A.F., Rush, J.E. 2017. Vascular stent placement for palliation of mass-associated chylothorax in two dogs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  4. Ghaghada, K.B., Sato, A.F., Starosolski, Z.A., Berg, J., Vail, D.M. 2016. Computed tomography imaging of solid tumors using a liposomal-iodine contrast agent in companion dogs with naturally occurring cancer. PLoS ONE.
  5. Duncan, J.L., Sato, A. 2015. What is your diagnosis?. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  6. Graham, S., Solano, M., Sutherland-Smith, J., Sato, A.F., Maranda, L. 2015. Diagnostic sensitivity of bone scintigraphy for equine stifle disorders. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.
  7. Mueller, M.S., Cunningham, S.M., Sato, A.F. 2014. What is your diagnosis?. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  8. Froes, T.R., Zwingenberger, A.L., Sato, A., Garcia, D.A.A., De Souza, A.C., De Souza Lemos, R., Mai, W. 2014. Interobserver agreement in interpretation of radiographic pulmonary changes in dogs in relation to radiology training. Semina:Ciencias Agrarias.
  9. Morrison, E.J., Sato, A.F., Geyer, N.E., Blake, C. 2013. What is your diagnosis?. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  10. Pumphrey, S.A., Pizzirani, S., Pirie, C.G., Sato, A.F., Buckley, F.I. 2013. Reactive histiocytosis of the orbit and posterior segment in a dog. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  11. Sutton, S.M., Sato, A.F. 2012. What is your diagnosis?. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  12. Tsai, S., Sutherland-Smith, J., Burgess, K., Ruthazer, R., Sato, A. 2012. Imaging characteristics of intrathoracic histiocytic sarcoma in dogs. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.
  13. Mayer, J., Sato, A., Kiupel, M., DeCubellis, J., Donnelly, T. 2011. Extralabel use of cabergoline in the treatment of a pituitary adenoma in a rat. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  14. Sutherland-Smith, J., King, R., Faissler, D., Ruthazer, R., Sato, A. 2011. MAgnetic resonance imaging apparent diffusion coefficients for histologically confirmed intracranial lesions in dogs. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.
  15. Howard, M., Sato, A.F., Cunningham, S. 2010. What is your diagnosis?. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  16. Tsai, S.L., Sato, A.F. 2008. What is your diagnosis?. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  17. Oura, T.J., Rozanski, E.A., King, R.G., Sato, A.F. 2008. What is your diagnosis? Traumatic pulmonary pseudocysts.. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  18. McDonnell, J.J., Kalbko, K., Keating, J.H., Sato, A.F., Faissler, D. 2007. Multiple meningiomas in three dogs. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.
  19. Sato, A.F., Solano, M. 2004. Ultrasonographic findings in abdominal mast cell disease: A retrospective study of 19 patients. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.
  20. O'Toole, T.E., Sato, A.F., Rozanski, E.A. 2003. Cryptococcosis of the central nervous system in a dog. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

General Research Interests

  • Ultrasonographic appearance of abdominal mast cell disease in dogs and cats
  • Contrast enhanced CT of the pancreas of dogs
  • T1-W FLAIR imaging of canine and feline brain lesions
  • MRI of canine insulinomas
  • Pulmonary CT angiography

Selected Research Projects

  • CT Evaluation of Pulmonary Hyperfusion

Teaching

  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Respiratory Pathophysiology - Imaging of the Respiratory System
  • Radioanatomy and Working Principles of Medical Imaging

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Use of diagnostic imaging for spontaneous animal disease: CT, MRI, nuclear scintigraphy