Radiology and ultrasound technology are non-invasive, and can be used to diagnose a range of health conditions in pets, from routine ailments to serious conditions.
Digital radiology is a filmless x-ray system that produces immediate results, reduces radiation exposure, and requires less time on the table for your pet. It is most commonly used to determine the cause of bone issues and is ideal for locating tooth decay and periodontal disease that is hidden from the naked eye.
Diagnostic ultrasound is a significant advancement in veterinary technology. It utilizes sound waves to create ‘real time’ images of soft tissue anatomy, and can be used to observe blood flow, heartbeat, and gastrointestinal movement as they occur. It can also be used to examine the liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, prostate, ovaries, stomach, and intestines. This technology can also be used to determine staging in cancer patients.
Your veterinarian may suggest one of these two options if your pet demonstrates such symptoms as excessive vomiting, unexplained weight loss, infrequent urination, or chronic infections. If your vet suggests one of these options, he or she will work closely with you and with Dr. Ed Leigh, our resident expert, to ensure that your pet is comfortable. We will do everything we can to keep your pet happy, safe, and healthy.