Radiography is a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. As we continually strive to offer the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer radiology services as a means of providing excellent care to our patients.
A radiograph (sometimes called an x-ray) is a type of photograph that can look inside the body and reveal information that may not be discernable from the outside. Radiography can be used to evaluate almost any organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as the bones.
Radiography is painless, safe, and completely non-invasive, and it uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo radiography. Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of the body’s organs. The size of organs is important because some medical conditions—such as kidney, heart, or liver disease—can alter the size of these organs. The shape and position of organs can be altered or distorted by certain medical conditions, including intestinal blockage or cancer. Tumors, depending on their size and location, can also sometimes be detected using radiography. Radiography can also be used to diagnose bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions.
Radiographs are an important tool that can help us make a correct diagnosis for your pet. Our radiology service is staffed by caring, skilled professionals who will provide state-of-the-art care with compassion and expertise.
At Oakton Animal Hospital, we are proud to offer the services of many of the areas leading ultrasound specialists. Be it a heart problem or a suspected abdominal problem, we can arrange for a veterinarian specializing in ultrasonography to perform an ultrasound on your pet, right in the comfort of our own hospital. The knowledge and expertise of an ultrasound specialist within the confines of your family veterinary practice. What could be more convenient or comforting?
Although humans and animals are different in many ways, some advances in human medicine are also very useful for veterinary patients. One of these advances, diagnostic ultrasound, has proven to be a powerful tool in veterinary medicine. As a practice, one of our goals is to offer state-of-the-art medicine and diagnostic testing; so we are pleased to offer ultrasound services as a means of providing a higher level of quality care to our patients. Ultrasonography is a type of diagnostic technique that uses ultrasound waves to produce an imaging study. This means that when we perform ultrasonography, we can see internal images of the patient's body. Unlike some other imaging studies, like x-rays, ultrasonography does not use radiation. Instead, ultrasonography uses high-frequency sound (ultrasound) waves to create a picture of what is inside your pet's body. Ultrasonography is a completely non-invasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases.
An ultrasound machine generates ultrasound waves. The machine is connected to a small probe that is held gently against your pet's skin. The probe sends out painless ultrasound waves that bounce off of structures (for example, organs) in your pet's body and return to a sensor inside the ultrasound machine. The ultrasound equipment collects these reflected "echoes" and uses them to generate images that are viewable on a screen. Ultrasound waves can generate excellent images of abdominal organs, including the liver, spleen, gallbladder, and kidneys. It is also useful for assessing fetal health and monitoring pregnancy in breeding animals, and it can help us diagnose and stage (determine the severity of) some forms of cancer.
Because ultrasound images are produced in real time, this technology can be used to evaluate the heart as it beats. This can help us detect abnormalities in the motion of heart valves, blood flow through the heart, and contractions of the heart muscle. It can also be used to assess the heart for defects.
In House Diagnostics
At Oakton Animal Hospital we offer a complete in-house laboratory which allows our doctors to rapidly detect the cause of your pet's illness. In most cases a complete, rapid analysis of your furry friend's blood, urine and/ or feces can make all the difference in the path to a speedy recovery. Similarly, this equipment allows us to make sure your pet is healthy prior to surgery. Pre-anesthetic testing helps to ensure that your pet will handle the anesthesia well by confirming that the internal organs are working properly. We are very proud of our aggressive approach to preventative health maintenance through regular blood and urine testing. The key to a long, happy life for your pet is early detection of health problems. Regular laboratory testing, along with a yearly physical exam by one of our doctors, helps to achieve that goal of early detection, thus giving you as much quality time as possible with your beloved pet.