Advanced Diagnostics

Along with digital radiology, we offer other state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities including ultrasound evaluations, endoscopic exams and EKG recordings. Second opinions are common with multiple veterinarians available for consultation on every case.

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (x-ray). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Ultrasound imaging can be performed using minimal restraint or sedation. Abdominal ultrasound is used to evaluate: kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, and blood vessels of the abdomen. We also use it to evaluate for free fluid in the abdomen in an emergency and early pregnancy detection.

Endoscopic evaluations allow veterinarians make a diagnosis of the disease that has been causing your pet’s clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain or swelling or loss of appetite. The endoscope allows full color viewing of the esophagus, stomach and the upper part of the small intestine or the colon.

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a recording of the electrical activity of the heart. It is a safe, noninvasive procedure that uses clips (electrodes) placed on the skin over the chest and legs. The ECG is used commonly to evaluate the heart rhythm and identify abnormalities (arrhythmias) in the heartbeat. It may also help to identify enlargement of the heart, a common finding with many heart diseases.

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