Non-invasive scans that help diagnose illnesses and monitor your pet's overall health.
Radiographs (X-rays) and ultrasounds are important diagnostic tools used by veterinarians. We use them to help identify the cause of an animal's illness, rule out possible problems, or provide a list of possible causes. We may also use these scans during wellness examinations to diagnose issues before they become serious. If you have any questions about our diagnostic services, or what to expect during your pet's procedure, please do not hesitate to ask.
X-rays provide valuable information about a dog or cat's bones, gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon), respiratory tract (trachea & lungs), heart, genitourinary system (bladder, prostate), kidneys, liver, spleen, and other important organs. We can use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools. They can help identify hip dysplasia or even the number of fetuses in a pregnant pet. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill and knowledge on the part of the veterinarian.
Yes. We are able to take dental X-rays as well. This allows our veterinarians to visualize what is occurring beneath the gum line, recognize areas of concern such as abscesses (infections), root problems, missing teeth, along with a variety of other conditions.
To avoid blurry scans, we need our patients to remain very still. In some cases, we may need to sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia. In any case, we would always discuss this with the client prior to using any sedation or anesthetic medications.
While X-rays scan harder parts of your pet's body, ultrasounds scan the softer-tissued organs. They can help with assessing pregnancies, tumours, as well as abnormalities related to their internal organs. They are typically more detailed than X-rays and can provide real-time views of what is currently happening inside the patient's body.
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