Digital Pet X-rays & Ultrasound: Powerful and Safe Veterinary Diagnostic Tools
At Countryside Veterinary Hospital, we use a variety of diagnostic techniques and procedures to treat sick pets. In combination with our in-house veterinary laboratory and diagnostic skills, we employ digital X-rays and ultrasound. These are two powerful, non-invasive tools that allow us to examine the internal structure of your pet’s body.
The use of labs and diagnostic equipment help us identify the problem, so that we can develop a successful treatment plan for your pet.
Digital Imaging and Pet X-rays
Digital X-rays provide clearer images over film X-rays. Moreover, digital images can be enlarged and manipulated, providing detailed information. Our veterinary team can view the images in ways that are not possible with film X-ray. Greater information leads to faster diagnosis and more immediate treatment—speeding relief to your pet.
Digital X-rays are also quicker, which mean less time on the table and less stress for your pet. Digital X-ray images of your pet’s affected area are captured in under a minute. And since the images are digital, they can be emailed and sent electronically, if second opinions or referrals are in order.
Digital imaging is ideal for diagnosing a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Bone fractures
- Orthopedic diseases
- Gastrointestinal diseases
- Heart and lung issues
- Reproductive issues
Ultrasounds allow us to look inside the abdomen or chest of an animal. Ultrasound scans project visual images of the body’s “real-time” operation. We can view blood flow, heartbeats, and gastrointestinal movement. Ultrasounds are used to investigate a variety of different health conditions, including cardiac function.
Ultrasound can be used to examine the liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidneys, bladder, prostate, adrenal glands, stomach, intestines, and, in some instances, the uterus and ovaries. This means it can help us to pinpoint the cause of common pet health issues such as vomiting, elevated kidney or liver values on blood tests, abnormal urination, unexplained weight loss, and much more.
Countryside Veterinary Hospital performs liver biopsies using ultrasound-guided procedures, something not commonly offered. Our ultrasound uses a color doppler, which shows blood flow and is very useful in diagnosing heart conditions.
While having the latest ultrasound equipment and technology is important, it’s equally important to have the skills to read results.
Read more about abdominal ultrasound in dogs.