Radiology and Ultrasound Services for Travelers Rest Pets
Radiology and ultrasound are two technologies available to our veterinarians. These procedures allow for high-tech diagnostic capability.
State of the art, digital X-ray equipment allows our veterinarians to quickly look at the internal structures of your pet to determine if there is a problem. Digital X-ray uses very low levels of radiation and is very safe. It can even be used on pregnant pets and very young animals with no negative effect.
Digital X-rays are noninvasive and painless and are useful for looking at internal organs, structures and bones. Typically, pets can be X-rayed without sedation. If the pet is very fearful, in pain or squirmy, sedation will be needed to get a clear picture. If your pet needs to be sedated to take an X-ray, a technician will monitor their vitals throughout the process.
Our large animal veterinarians have a portable X-ray available when they are on farm calls. This allows them to diagnose many issues within hours of the exam.
Ultrasonography utilizes directed sound waves to painlessly create an image of your pet’s internal organs in real time. This means that we can actually watch the heart pump blood, the stomach digest food and view other important processes in your pet’s body.
Ultrasound technology also gives us clear images of the liver, spleen, gallbladder and kidneys. It can also be used to diagnose and determine the stage of certain cancers.
Because ultrasound does not use radiation at all, it is completely safe to use on all pets. We can use ultrasound to determine the stage of pregnancy in breeding animals, as well as the number of babies in the litter.
Most pets do not require any sedation for an ultrasound. The technician will likely have to shave a small patch of hair over the area to be examined.
As part of our continuing effort to offer our clients the absolute best in diagnostic technology, we now have the ability to offer in house electrocardiography. An electrocardiogram produces a readout of the electrical functioning of the heart.
This procedure is completely painless and noninvasive.
It can be extremely useful in determining how effectively the heart is functioning, or if there has been damage to the heart muscle in the past.
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