At VETMED we continually reinvest in our team and our equipment to bring the best of the best in veterinary medicine to the Southwest. VETMED has a 1300 square foot facility which is equipped with some of the most advanced medical equipment on the market, which enables our doctors to offer an extensive list of some of the most minimally-invasive procedures. Through less invasive procedures, patients experience less post-operative pain and discomfort, as well as a more speedy recovery. Risk is also further minimized with the latest anesthetic machines and monitoring equipment.
Our modern surgery suites, specialty procedure rooms, and catheterization laboratory are outfitted with the following equipment:
- Balloon Valvuloplasty for Pulmonic Stenosis
- Canine Ductal Occluder for PDA
- Laser Lithotrispy
- Ureteral Stents
- Tracheal Stents
- Thoracoscopic Pericardiectomy
Our Surgery Department offers arthroscopy via the Arthroscopy Scope for minimally invasive joint evaluation.
Arthroscopy allows improved visualization, increased precision for diagnosis and treatment, decreased postoperative pain and faster recovery times.
Diagnostic imaging was VETMED’s first specialty service, and the reason this business began over 25 years ago. It’s still one of the most important ways to determine the best route of care for dogs and cats that have traumatic injury or chronic disease.
At VETMED, we offer the following forms of diagnostic imaging:
Endoscopy: Endoscopy is the diagnostic procedure in which a small tube, with a light and a camera on the end, is inserted into a patient’s body. This allows a veterinary specialist to see inside a patient’s Gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary tracts. This is very useful if a dog or cat has a condition that is difficult to diagnose. Endoscopic procedures are preferred under anesthesia and are painless.
CT Images: Also known as a CAT scan, a CT scan is a specialized X-ray test that provides doctors with clear pictures of soft tissues of the body which do not show on ordinary X-ray pictures.
Digital Radiograph: A Radiograph (x-ray) is a quick, painless test that provides doctors with static images of the organs inside your pet’s body. Radiographs allow a doctor to see the size and position of organs and may show large abnormal structures such as tumors, growths or fluid. This method is particularly effective of identifying bone-related issues. Radiographs are performed on an awake patient and rarely require sedation or anesthesia.
Ultrasounds: Traditional Radiographs only allow a doctor to see the size and position of organs and may show large abnormal structures (tumors, growths or cancer). However, an ultrasound allows the doctor to look real time at the organs and their internal structure and may help make an assessment about the organ’s function. A hand-held transducer is moved over the area in question. The sonogram waves appear on a screen much like a black and white television. Measurements are often taken of the organs and are compared to existing standards for the patient’s breed, sex and weight.
Once the ultrasound is complete, the veterinarian will offer a course of treatment.
Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy: An ultrasound-guided biopsy involves the extraction of a tissue or fluid sample from a suspicious area within the body using a thin needle and syringe, and without making an incision. Throughout the procedure, the physician uses an ultrasound to guide the needle to the appropriate area that is within a restricted view for the physician.
Types of ultrasound-guided biopsies include: liver biopsy, lymph nodes, spleen, kidney, lung consolidation, cancer, and gastrointestinal tract.
An Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is used to check the heart’s electrical activity by translating the heart’s electrical activity to paper through spikes and dips.
An EKG is performed for the following reasons:
- Identify if an irregular rate and rhythm (Arrythimia) is present
- Check the effectiveness of medicines are working and find out if side effects are affecting the heart
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient through the use of a fluoroscope.
4-Slice Computed Tomography
Computed Tomography (CT) has become an essential part of advanced diagnostics in veterinary medicine, and is recognized as the gold standard in radiological imaging by medical professionals because of its ability to assist in the diagnosis of a vast number of diseases. VETMED’s 4-slice CT offers procedural times that are six times faster than a single-slice CT, thus allowing for scans with excellent image quality within five to seven minutes. Our CT studies are interpreted by board-certified radiologists and shared directly with the client.
General applications for the 4-slice computed tomography include:
- Brain imaging: Diagnosis of seizure disorders, brain tumors and head trauma
- Inner ear: Otitis interna/media
- Nasal cavity: Epistaxis, nasal discharge, nasal masses
- Spinal cord: Intervertebral disc disease, neoplasia, trauma, diskospondylitis
- Extremities: Lameness, fragmented coronoid processes, joint abnormalities, bone lesions
- Thorax: Lung masses, pneumothorax, lymphadenopathy
- Abdomen: Neoplasia/pathologies of adrenals, pancreas, spleen, liver and kidneys
- Special contrast procedures: ectopic ureters and portosystemic shunts
- Biopsy procedures: CT guidance for lesions not reliably imaged with ultrasound
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