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In an effort to provide your pet with superior medical care, we perform diagnostic imaging services to supplement prognosis. Medical imaging employs the use of machinery to give photographic representation of abnormalities or injuries. In performing diagnostic imaging, our veterinarian can provide safe, accurate diagnosis and promptly treat the problem.
Reasons for diagnostic imaging:
· Assess facial swelling and dental problems.
· Detect possible bladder infections or stones.
· Determine the location of broken bones or bone fractures.
· Evaluate the status of a pet’s pregnancy.
· Help identify if a pet has heart disease.
· Locate foreign bodies that a pet might have swallowed.
· Look for masses or tumors in the chest, abdomen, and bones.
· Evaluate the health of internal organs.
Types of diagnostic imaging
X-rays - Radiographs (X-rays) are often the first test administered to evaluate your pet. X-rays allow our veterinarians to evaluate your pet’s internal organs and arrive at a treatment plan for your pet’s particular needs
Digital dental X-rays – Our office is fully equipped to take digital, intraoral radiographs if your pet requires them. Your pet will need to be sedated for proper examination and positioning. Dental X-rays allow our doctors to evaluate the jaw bone, tooth roots, and other structures below the gum line. Pets are often very good at hiding dental pain, so it is important that we identify any problems that may exist in the mouth so that they can be addressed.
Ultrasound - Ultrasounds are another form of 3D imaging. Some pets may require an ultrasound of the heart (echocardiography) to evaluate the heart function and internal structures of the heart chambers. Our ultrasonographer can also evaluate the internal organs of the abdomen or other areas of the body if your pet requires it. If needed, we can also safely retrieve samples of organs, swellings, or tumors with ultrasound guidance in order to achieve a more accurate diagnosis of your pet’s condition.
CT Scan, MRI, or other advanced imaging – CT and MRI scans provide 3D digital images that give the veterinarian a better view of soft tissues. CT and MRI may be required if precise detail is needed or if imaging of the brain and spinal cord is required. Our veterinarians can refer you to a facility where these high-tech imaging methods can be used to diagnose or treat your pet.
If you have any questions about digital imaging services, please feel free to contact our office.