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Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging is a Powerful Tool that Allows Us to See the Unseen

Our staff is well-trained in the safe and effective use of both radiology and ultrasound. In addition to fast answers in a time of need, this advanced technology has many valuable applications to benefit your pet including:

Radiology

A radiograph, or x-ray, is produced when a part of the body is exposed to a small amount of ionizing radiation. The result is a 2-dimensional image of the body's internal structures such as bone and organs. Dense structures like bone and teeth absorb more x-rays and appear white. Soft tissue like organs and muscles absorb fewer x-rays and appear in various shades of grey.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create real time, 3-dimensional images of your pet's internal structures. With ultrasound, we are able to visualize the appearance and movement of internal organs. Color Doppler technology lets us track the movement of blood throughout the body's structures. A transducer, pressed against your pet's skin, emits inaudible sound waves. The machine records the echo of these waves as an image. We employ a DVR (digital video recorder) to create a video recording of your pet's ultrasound. These images can be submitted to a board-certified internist for evaluation via telemedicine.


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