Diagnostic Imaging & Radiology Services
Why Would My Dog or Cat Need Diagnostic Imaging?
Diagnostic imaging was VetMED’s first specialty service. It’s the reason the 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. Diagnostic imaging includes any number of in-depth tests to help determine a dog or cat’s underlying health condition. Many of the same diagnostic procedures performed in humans are also performed on animals. Procedures for your pet may include ultrasound, X-rays (radiographs), endoscopy, CT or echocardiography.
There are many reasons a dog or cat needs diagnostic imaging. Usually it is because the dog or cat has a problem internally with their organs. Specialty diagnostic imaging allows the veterinarian to better understand what type of illness or injury they need to address for the patient.
VetMED encourages animal owners to obtain a referral from their family veterinarian whenever possible. This ensures that the best test is ordered and the proper transfer of medical information to the specialist for optimum care.
What is an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound, or sonogram, is a non-invasive way to visualize an animal’s internal organs. Traditional X-rays have limitations; however, an ultrasound allows the doctor to look inside the organs at their internal structure and may help make the most accurate assessment about the organ’s function. With an ultrasound, you can even see internal movement in real time.
During an ultrasound, 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. Ultrasounds are performed on an awake patient and rarely require sedation or anesthesia. Shaving the hair over the affected area is typically required.
Once the ultrasound is complete, the veterinarian will discuss results and offer a course of treatment.
At VetMED, we offer in-house emergency ultrasound for critical pets, in-house outpatient ultrasound by appointment, and mobile ultrasound by appointment at local general practice clinics.
What is 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 organ. This is very useful if a dog or cat has a condition that is difficult to diagnose. Most endoscopic procedures are painless.
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-rays.
What is Fluoroscopy?
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.
A Radiograph (x-ray) is a quick, painless test that provides doctors with static images of 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. Radiographs are performed on an awake patient and rarely require sedation or anesthesia.
About American College of Veterinary Radiology