X-Rays are an important diagnostic tool. They are a quick and cost effective way to see “inside the body”.
We can perform X-Rays on your pet for routine screening (often done to eliminate cancer risk), if they have been in an accident, to check for ingestion of foreign material or objects, for bladder stones, or if they are displaying signs of pain.
Our x-ray technician will prepare your pet and take the necessary x-rays. Our preference is to always try to position the pets gently to minimize stress and discomfort. Sometimes, however, a mild sedative may be required to relax your pet, but we will always inform you that this is needed before administering it.
We have digital radiology capability to insure the highest quality of radiographic images and maximum efficiency. These are available for immediate viewing.
In addition, radiology specialists are available (if needed) to interpret the radiographs or assist with particularly difficult cases.
Ultrasound allows the doctor to examine the internal organs of your pet in a painless manner with no known side effects. It is more sensitive than X Rays for seeing “inside the body”.
It can be used to uncover structural damage, deformities, or abnormalities to the heart, liver, stomach, kidneys, and other major bodily organs. Ultrasound can also capture “real time” movements of the organs, so functional abnormalities can also be found.
During an ultrasound, high frequency sound waves are pulsed into your pet’s body. They do not feel this and it does not cause any discomfort. The sound waves travel until they reach body tissue and are then relayed back to the device. The machine uses calculations based on the distance traveled to produce the ultrasound image. Many people relate ultrasounds to pregnancy exams to show the baby inside the mother, but it has many other uses.
Ultrasound technology can help to catch diseases and other health problems at early stages. This is important in helping your pet fight any diseases they may be afflicted with before the problem becomes serious. All of the doctors are capable ultrasonographers. On occasion, we utilize the services of an ultrasound specialist to help us perform specialized procedures as operator experience is vital in diagnosing subtle changes in the internal organs and heart.