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
Determine the location of broken bones or bone fractures
Evaluate the status of a pet’s pregnancy (x-rays are safe after 42 days of pregnancy)
Help identify if a pet has heart disease
Help obtain a biopsy sample
Locate foreign bodies that a pet might have swallowed
Types of diagnostic imaging
X-rays - Radiographs (X-rays) are usually the first test administered to evaluate your pet. It is a vital tool in helping determine what ailment your pet is going through.
Ultrasound - Ultrasounds are another form of 3D imaging. This diagnostic is perfect for pets in sensitive situations (e.g. pregnancy), pets that might be suffering immense pain, or pets who are partially immobile. Ultrasounds are very gentle and are typically used to examine the abdominal region. If an ultrasound is indicated an appointment must be scheduled in advance.
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 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. Also, for tests that require a pet to be absolutely still, anesthesia is typically administered.
If you have any questions about digital imaging services, please feel free to contact our office.