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Diagnostic imaging

Our diagnostic imaging facility includes a state of the art high frequency x-ray machine and a portable ultrasound machine. All of our x-rays are processed with a state of the art Fuji computerised radiography unit. This system allows us to see even the smallest details that may often be missed with classical films. As we get a perfect image each time, repeating of  x-rays for optimum image are therefore no longer needed and your pet doesn’t have to get more radiation.

X-Rays (Radiographs)

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. In a medical setting, x-rays are emitted by an x-ray machine, pass through the body and get detected by a sensitive film.

X-rays are very useful for diagnosing medical problems. If your veterinarian feels a lump or mass in your pet’s abdomen, an x-ray can very often pinpoint the organ where the problem is occurring. A mass or foreign object in the stomach is often easily seen in an x-ray. If your pet is vomiting and an x-ray reveals irregular gas patterns and bunching of the small intestine, this could mean that your pet has eaten string or Christmas tree tinsel.

How X-Rays Are Performed

X-rays are performed in an area of the hospital specially designated for taking x-rays. The positioning of the animal, x-ray machine and film depend on the type of study and area of interest. Multiple individual views may be required for an accurate radiographic diagnosis.

How Your Pet Will Feel

There is no discomfort from x-ray exposure.

Our modern x-ray equipment provides excellent diagnostic quality radiographic films. In addition, we perform many specialty procedures, including GI series and urinary bladder contrast studies. These special procedures are necessary for identifying difficult or chronic problems.

Ultrasound

If the x-ray gives an indication of a problem but not a definite diagnosis, an ultrasound examination may be necessary. Ultrasound is like sonar. High frequency sound waves are directed into the body and bounce back off of the organs. A computer image that allows you to see inside the organ is produced on a monitor screen. Ultrasound allows the veterinarian to see things that cannot be seen on x-rays.

Some important uses of the ultrasound include imaging the abdominal organs, visualizing masses and tumors, and viewing heart and major blood vessels and for seeing the babies conditions in pregnant animals. Ultrasound can also be used to guide biopsy procedures.

Your pet will feel no discomfort during ultrasound.  Some pets actually enjoy and relax the little massage like vibrations emitted by the ultrasound probe during the examination.