Radiography and Ultrasound are valuable diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. As we continually strive to offer the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer digital radiology and ultrasound services as a means of providing excellent care to our patients.
A radiograph (sometimes called an x-ray) is a type of photograph that can look inside the body and reveal information that may not be discernable from the outside. Radiographs can be used to evaluate almost any organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as the bones. Only a very small amount of radiation is required to take an x-ray, so even pets that are pregnant or very young can undergo this procedure. Ultrasound allows us to evaluate the organs by using sound waves of different frequencies. Radiography and ultrasound are painless, safe, and completely non-invasive.
Radiographs or ultrasound can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of the body’s organs. The size of organs is important because some medical conditions—such as kidney, heart, or liver disease—can alter the size of these organs. The shape and position of organs can be altered or distorted by certain medical conditions, including intestinal blockage or cancer. Tumors, depending on their size and location, can also sometimes be detected using radiography. Radiographs and ultrasound can also be used to diagnose bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions. We can gather information on the function of some organs through ultrasound as well.
Radiography and ultrasound are important tools that can help us make a correct diagnosis for your pet. Our radiology and ultrasound services are staffed by caring, skilled professionals who will provide state-of-the-art care with compassion and expertise