Diagnostic imaging is the noninvasive method of making medical images of the body to diagnose disease. Our diagnostic imaging capabilities include digital radiography, ultrasound and endoscopy.
Radiographs, or x-ray studies, use a very short burst of x-rays to create an image of the body. Our practice is equipped with a digital radiography system that captures the radiograph without the use of film. Radiography aids in the diagnosis of diseases e.g. of the chest, the abdomen and the musculosceletal system. We also perform some special studies of the gastrointestinal and urinary tract that require contrast agents in order to visualize obstructions. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of veterinary medical imaging.
Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound examinations do not use radiation. Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show the structure and the 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.
Endoscopy is the use of specialized video cameras to evaluate areas within the body in a minimally invasive manner. In most instances endoscopy is performed for diagnostic purposes allowing visualization and sampling of abnormalities. Endoscopy can also be used for therapeutic purposes, then termed interventional endoscopy. At our practice we offer respiratory and upper gastrointestinal tract endoscopy.