DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY AND ULTRASONOGRAPHY
"Walk like a dog, he will lead you in the right direction."- Anonymous
One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Veterinary diagnostics play an important role in properly diagnosing disease, and there is no better diagnostic tool than imaging techniques that provide insight into the insides of the body. Radiography and ultrasound are both tools that allow our veterinarians to keep a careful eye on pets’ internal organ systems. When emergencies arise, veterinary diagnostics help us to accurately pinpoint what’s happening so that we can provide quality care as quickly as possible. In more complicated cases, they provide us with necessary information to give clues about specific diseases or conditions.
Veterinary X-rays, also known as radiographs, are the first line of imaging techniques employed. They are critical in the diagnosis of fractures, as well as joint and lameness issues. They also help us diagnose heart and lung disease, tumors, foreign ingested objects, and problems in other body systems such as the kidney, bladder, liver, spleen, and gastrointestinal tract. We utilize the most updated technology in radiography-digital radiography. This technology assists us in providing you with computerized images in an expeditious manner so that a diagnosis and treatment can be discussed and implemented. We also work closely with a board-certified radiologist who can be consulted on an as-needed basis.
Another diagnostic tool which we have available in-house is ultrasonography. Ultrasound is another imaging procedure which can provide more detail than radiography especially for soft tissue structures like heart, kidney/bladder, liver, and spleen. Our veterinarians have a special interest in ultrasonography and have many years of experience utilizing the specialized equipment. Again, we work with other specialty hospitals and veterinary specialists who can be consulted in complicated or difficult cases. Sometimes, further diagnostic tools are necessary to delineate the disease process so we can refer to local veterinary specialty hospitals for further testing or treatments (like for MRI and CAT scans).