Ultrasound is an advanced diagnostic tool that uses ultrasonic sound waves to create images of body structures and organs. Ultrasound is non-invasive and is used to get a live view of what’s going on inside your pet’s body. Dr. Hardy has received advanced specialty training and works closely with board-certified radiologists to continually improve her skills with this tool. She is able to utilize ultrasound to evaluate inside the abdomen and/or chest of your pet extensively in a non-invasive manner. Ultrasound is also utilized as a tool for guiding biopsies so we can get exactly the right spot when trying to reach a diagnosis for your pet.
With digital x-rays we are able to take images in a matter of minutes and get answers to your pet’s problem. In more complex cases, digital radiology also allows us to send the x-rays to a radiologist for further exam and answers.
One of the best tools for studying the internal organs, bone, soft tissue, and blood vessels, computed tomography (CT) provides much more detail than conventional x-rays. A CT scan is used by radiologists to evaluate problems such as cancer, trauma, abnormalities of blood vessels, and musculoskeletal disorders.
Conditions which CT scans can help diagnose:
A CT scan for pets is similar to those done for humans, except that pets are anesthetized in order to keep still throughout the entire procedure. During the CT scan, our staff closely monitors the patient’s vitals. Each scan only takes about 30 seconds, and we check on the patient in between each scan. This procedure typically lasts about 20 minutes from anesthetizing the patient waking up.
After the scan, a report is generated for the veterinarian to plan additional treatments or next steps.
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart that helps veterinarians diagnose heart disease in pets. This procedure evaluates the function and anatomy of your pet’s heart through a non-invasive test. During the examination, pets typically do not need to be sedated as it is not a painful procedure.
Echocardiograms identify any leaks in the heart valves, and any abnormal movement or obstruction of blood flow to your pet’s heart. This is an instrumental tool in diagnosing a variety of heart conditions including Chronic Valvular Disease, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, heart tumors and other heart issues.
Prior to an echocardiogram, pets can eat or drink normally. It is especially important to not withhold water from animals who are on heart medication. The appointment is typically 1 ½ – 2 hours long. During this time, the veterinarian will discuss your pet’s history, diagnostic testing plan, as well as explaining your pet’s results and recommend treatment options.
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