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Digital Radiology

Both of our locations offer dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.

Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.

 

Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.

Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film

  • Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.

  • Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.

  • Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.

  • Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.

  • The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.

  • Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.

Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health

We always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.

 

Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of:

  • the teeth (fractures or internal disease)

  • the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors)

  • the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis)

  • the bone (jaw fractures)

 

Digital x-rays can also reveal subgingival (under the gums) foreign objects, cysts and tumors.

X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.

We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.

Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a way of examining the inside of a pet's body using a flexible tube that has a small camera in the end of it. An endoscope is passed through a natural body opening (such as the mouth) or small incision.

Endoscopy is commonly used to examine the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and urogenital tract. A forceps may be inserted through an endoscope to obtain biopsy specimens of the tissue examined.

Major invasive surgery can often be avoided by using endoscopy.

For example, a dog is vomiting and exhibiting abdominal pain. X-rays show the presence of a fishhook in the stomach. Endoscopy is performed to locate the fishhook. Retrieval forceps are inserted through the endoscope to remove the fishhook. Invasive surgery is avoided and the happy dog is sent home within hours of the procedure.

Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography is a safe and non-invasive imaging technique for diagnosing and treating sick or injured pets.

An ultrasound uses sound waves, rather than radiation, to penetrate internal organs. X-ray images use radioactive light and can only pick up dense body parts (such as bone and cartilage), but cannot show detail of tissues. Small, fine details that cannot be seen on x-rays may be easily seen on ultrasound.

Similar to sonar technology, an ultrasound transmits high-frequency sound waves into the body. Various tissues "bounce" the waves back toward the ultrasound. The ultrasound then measures the distance for each area that this happens, and uses algorithms to display the "echoes" as an image on the screen.

This diagnostic imaging method enables virtually anything internal to be visible, allowing veterinarians to detect:

  • bladder stones

  • kidney stones

  • obstructions

  • cysts

  • pregnancy

  • tumors

  • heart problems

  • abnormal growth

  • and more

Guided by the ultrasound images, biopsy and fluid samples can be safely and easily obtained from your pet without performing invasive and costly surgery.

 

If your pet is experiencing illness or injury, we are here to help.  Call for a consultation today.