Medical imaging helps our vets to look at what’s going on inside your pet without actually opening them up. By using medical imaging such as x-rays (also known as radiographs) and ultrasound, we can examine bones and soft tissue to diagnose conditions from fractures (broken bones) and bone cancer to detecting liver and heart conditions and pregnancy.
Our state-of-the-art digital x-ray machine allows us to process and examine x-ray images of your pet quickly, aiding in the timely diagnosis and treatment of many conditions, including in some dental examinations. Depending on what area needs to be x-rayed, your pet may require sedation or a general anaesthetic.
Ultrasound scanning uses high-frequency sound waves (that humans can’t hear) to generate images of internal structures. When the sound waves are pointed at the body, they are absorbed and some bounce back – the ones that bounce back are measured by the machine and transformed into an image for us to examine. Your pet’s fur may obstruct the ultrasound scan – so don’t be surprised if your pet comes home with a shaved patch!
We are happy to answer any questions about imaging and your pet, call our friendly team today.