The most common of these radiology services are x-rays, also referred to as radiographs. They are used to evaluate structures such as bones, lungs, heart, and abdominal organs. The x-ray process usually takes 20-30 minutes.
For safety reasons, owners are not allowed to be in the radiology room while x-rays are being taken.
Occasionally some pets need to be sedated to allow us to properly position them for their x-ray films. If a pet needs sedation, we generally recommend leaving the pet with us for the day.
Once the x-rays are completed, our doctors will evaluate the images and go over the results with you. In addition, we have a board certified veterinary radiologist who reviews the x-rays we take to make sure we have obtained all the information we possibly can from your pet's x-rays.
As part of our radiology services we also offer ultrasound.
Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the pet through the use of high-frequency sound waves.
It is a wonderful tool that allows us to visualize the architecture of a pet's abdominal organs in order to evaluate for masses, inflammation, stones, or other changes.
We can easily determine if there is abnormal fluid in the abdomen, chest cavity or around the heart. Also, we can evaluate the size and function of the heart.
Ultrasound is a non-painful procedure and rarely, if ever, do pets need to be sedated. Generally pets should be fasted of food for 8 hours prior to their ultrasound. For abdominal ultrasound most pets will need to have their bellies shaved for the procedure.