Radiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and
monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in
examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and
other areas of the body. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect
tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an
obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When
used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like barium series
and ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making
treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.
Archvet Animal Hospital uses the latest in digital radiology equipment
as part of your pet's diagnostic care. Most radiographs are interpreted
immediately by our experienced veterinarians. In complicated cases, your pet's radiographs can be emailed to area radiology specialists for timely second opinions.
Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet's internal organs. Often considered more exact than radiographs, ultrasound provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet's body.
It is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart functions, bladder scans and other areas such as the thyroid glands, testicles and mammary glands.
Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion on your pet, an ultrasound can determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet's body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to perform.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a graph of the heart`s electrical
current, which allows evaluation of heart rate, rhythm and
conduction. Identification of conduction problems within the heart
begins with a general understanding of the heart`s anatomy,
conduction system and how the electrical activity
corresponds to waveforms on an ECG.
Performing preventative medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.
For this reason, our animal hospital maintains a complete Idexx laboratory capable of performing studies for infectious disease, parasites, blood chemistries, urinalysis, and cytologic testing. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes.
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