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.
A few reasons for diagnostic imaging:
Determine the location of broken bones or bone fractures
Evaluate the status of a pet’s pregnancy
Help identify if a pet has any particular organ disease
Help obtain a biopsy sample
Locate foreign bodies that a pet might have swallowed
Identify abdominal or thoracic masses
Looking for signs of hip/elbow dysplasia + OFA Certification
Types of diagnostic imaging
Digital X-rays - Radiographs (X-rays) are usually the first test administered to evaluate your pet. Our office utilizes digital X-rays because they are more accurate and display a higher contrast. X-ray's turn a 3-dimensional body into a 2-dimensional picture, and so we may not be able to identify all abnormalities with X-rays alone.
Ultrasound - Ultrasounds are a form of real-time, 3D imaging. This diagnostic is commonly used to further assess function of different organs, obtain samples, determine pregnancy status, etc.
CT + MRI Scan - While not performed in our clinic, CT and MRI scans provide 3D digital images that give the veterinarian a better view of soft tissue structures such as the spinal cord or ligaments. When compared to other forms of imaging these scans depict more precise details. Your veterinarian can help you decide whether these scans would aid in the diagnosis of your pet's condition.
What does diagnostic imaging involve?
The process for getting images of your pet depends on what type of diagnostic that is being performed and the size of your pet. For smaller pets, images are often taken with the pet lying down in various positions that allow our veterinarians to examine the problem area.
Pets with a disease or condition often feel increased anxiety and stress. Because of this stress, they can be uncooperative during digital imaging procedures. In these situations, our staff patiently tries to make your pet feel comfortable and guide them to cooperate. If a pet is aggressive or remains unwilling, the veterinarian may opt to mildly sedate your pet while performing diagnostic imaging.
If you have any questions about digital imaging services, please feel free to contact our office.