Radiology employs the use of imaging to both diagnose and treat disease within the body. Radiologists use an array of imaging technologies, such as x-ray radiography and ultrasound to diagnose or treat diseases.
X-rays are one of the most important diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. They allow us to evaluate bones and internal organs. Diagnosis is rapid and accurate, and results are available immediately.
The imaging procedure is completely painless, and can be performed on calm and cooperative pets without sedation. We may administer a sedative or general anesthesia in cases where a dog or cat has trouble becoming fully relaxed naturally.
If your pet is exhibiting symptoms for which you have no explanation, an ultrasound just might be in order! One of the top benefits of ultrasound is that results can be generated immediately, in real time. The results are viewed on a monitor nearby and an assessment can be made immediately. Ultrasound allows for the internal organs to be examined in a safe and non-invasive manner so that medical insights and a more accurate diagnosis is possible. During the ultrasound process, the equipment directs a focused beam of high-frequency sound waves in the area to be examined. The sound waves then return as “echoes” and are converted into a viewable image.
Veterinary Ultrasound has saved many lives due to its ability to see tumors and other anomalies in their early stages when medical intervention can make a difference. They are typically painless and anesthesia is not usually required. However, if a pet is prone to anxiety they may be treated with a mild sedative so that they will sit still during the scan and a more accurate result can be achieved.
Due to the nature of the scan, in most cases, the pet’s fur will have to be shaved in the area that is to be examined. This is to allow for the application of water-soluble ultrasound gel and allow for the hand-held probe to make total contact with the pet’s skin. These steps help to ensure a more accurate ultrasound image and diagnosis.