Animal Medical has several non-invasive or minimally invasive ways to visualize what might be troubling your pet. Here are the diagnostic imaging services that we provide.
Radiology is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or rule out possible problems. Radiology can be done during your first appointment at animal medical while you wait. The procedure usually takes no more than 20 minutes from start to finish, is painless, and does not require your pet to be sedated.
Leave it to a Lab to wag its tail during an xray procedure. What sweet dogs!
When a pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through its body and hits a piece of radiographic film. Images on the film appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal. Bones, which absorb more x-rays, appear as light gray structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer x-rays and appear as dark gray structures. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of our veterinarians. In addition to review by our doctors, all x-rays are also reviewed by a board certified veterinary radiologist.
Ultrasound is also painless and non invasive. The area to be visualized is typically shaved to expose the skin, a contact jelly is placed over the target area to improve the resonance of the ultrasound machine, and the patient’s internal organs are visualized in real time on a nearby monitor. Ultrasound is excellent for visualizing soft tissue and provides much more detail than radiography. Ultrasound is frequently used to visualize all of the major organs and tissues of the body. We also use it to identify disease at its earliest stages.
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive tool that allows us to visualize nasal and gastrointestinal cavities. Animal Medical is one of the few general practices that provides rhinoscopy and endoscopy in our area.