Diagnostic imaging services such as xrays and ultrasound are often used to assist in diagnosis and prognosis.
Common reasons for diagnostic imaging:
Assess dental health, evaluate fractured or infected teeth
Assess internal organs such as liver, stomach, intestines and bladder
Assess the degree of trauma or determine the location of broken bones
Evaluate the status of a pet’s pregnancy.
Help identify or assess the status of heart disease.
Help obtain a biopsy sample.
Locate foreign bodies that a pet might have swallowed.
Types of diagnostic imaging
Digital X-rays - Radiographs (X-rays) are one of the most common tests used to evaluate your pet. Our office utilizes digital X-rays because they are fast, more accurate and display great contrast and detail. Because of their accuracy, technicians are able to take fewer images resulting in decreased pet stress. Digital X-rays also subject your pet to less radiation than traditional X-rays, which allows your pet to avoid unnecessary exposure.
Ultrasound - Ultrasounds are another form of 3D imaging. This diagnostic tool gives much more detailed information about the architecture of internal organs and is used to evaluate for tumors /cancer, heart disease, foreign bodies, bladder stones and more. Ultrasound is very gentle and can often be performed without any sedation.
What does diagnostic imaging involve?
The process for getting images of your pet depends on the area being imaged and the size of your pet. For cats, dogs, and small exotic pets, we gently lay them on their side or back in order to xray the pets problem area.
Pets with a disease or medical condition often feel increased anxiety and stress. Because of this stress, they may be uncooperative during these procedures. In these situations, our staff patiently tries to make your pet feel comfortable and guide them to cooperate. If a pet is very painful or remains unwilling, our doctor may recommend a mild sedative for your pet to ease their stress.