Ultrasound and X-ray are both non-invasive tools used by our Veterinarians to get a better understanding of what is going on inside your pet. This means that we can get a visual picture of the soft tissue and bones which can help us get to the bottom of your pet’s injury or illness and make it easier to determine what the best course of action is to help them recover.
Some animals may require a light sedation and in some cases a general anaesthetic to perform X-rays, depending on what views are needed and if they are painful. Ultrasound can generally be performed without any sedation depending on your pet’s personality.
Ultrasound uses a probe called a transducer which emits high frequency sound waves that pass through the tissues and are reflected back to produce an image on the screen. Ultrasound is a useful diagnostic tool when looking at soft tissues in the body. There is very little discomfort involved with ultrasound, however your pet will likely need his or her fur clipped to allow us to get a high quality image.
Ultrasound has multiple uses and can be used to look at organs such as;
Liver and Gall Bladder
Stomach and Intestines
Internal Lymph Nodes
Heart and Lungs
Ultrasound allows us to look at the structure of each organ and assess it for abnormalities such as masses, signs of inflammation/infection, increase or decrease in size, abnormal fluid accumulation or change in the structure or shape of the organs. In some cases we can collect a sample using the ultrasound to guide collection of fluid or cells.
Digital Radiology (X-ray)
All of our Vetlove clinics have a digital x-ray machine which allows us to get high quality x-ray images of your pet and examine the images straight away. This means the results are available immediately and your Veterinarian has the ability to interpret and make a plan for your pet based on these results. Radiology involves a focused x-ray beam which passes through the soft tissue and bone to produce an image on the x-ray plate. This plate is then developed and produces a digital image on the computer.
Radiology allows us to look at both soft tissue and bones and is useful for diagnosing issues such as;
Fractures and Dislocations
Heart and Lung conditions such as Pneumonia, Pulmonary Oedema, Heart Failure
Stomach and Intestinal Obstructions (Foreign Objects)
Bladder and Kidney Stones
Digital x-rays are a non-invasive and relatively painless procedure however if your pet is in discomfort prior to the x-ray or requires specific positioning then they will likely require either sedation or a general anaesthetic for their comfort.
Please contact your local friendly VetLove team if you have any questions or require any further information about our services.
Ultrasound & Digital X-ray
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