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We offer the following radiology services:
We utilize digital radiography with our full sized Xray machine as well as our portable dental unit. These are valuable diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine which can be used to evaluate almost any body part; including the heart, lungs, stomach, bones and teeth. This gives us information about your pet that we could never see by just looking at them.
As with radiographs, the veterinarian can use the ultrasound machine to see internal organs, and their consistency, that we wouldn't be able to see by just looking at your pet. Ultrasound doesn't use radiation; it uses high frequency sound (ultrasound) waves to create an image.
The machine is connected to a small probe that is held gently against your pet's skin. The probe sends out painless ultrasound waves that bounce off of organs and other structures in your pet's body and returns them to a sensor inside the ultrasound machine. The ultrasound equipment collects these reflected 'echoes' and uses them to generate images that are viewable on a screen.
Ultrasound waves can generate excellent images of abdominal organs (including the liver, spleen, gallbladder and kidneys) which gives us more information about the organs than a radiograph can. For instance, we can see that an organ is enlarged on an radiograph; however, the ultrasound will give us information regarding the organ's structure, helping us determine what is wrong with the organ. We can use ultrasound to see bladder stones, check for any abnormalities within the organ's structure/tissues (such as tumors), and gain other valuable diagnostic information.