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Abdominal ultrasonography, performed using an ultrasound machine, allows for visualization of abdominal anatomical structures. Aided with ultrasound gel, the transmission and reflection of ultrasound waves make internal organs through the abdominal wall visible.

Abdominocentesis is the process of inserting a small gauge needle into the abdomen to evaluate if fluid is present and obtain a sample for further testing. This quick procedure can be done on an outpatient basis, will not typically require sedation and may be performed with ultrasound guidance. If excessive abdominal fluid is causing discomfort, abdominocentesis might also be recommended as a palliative treatment.

Cystocentesis is the process of inserting a small gauge needle into the urinary bladder through the abdomen to obtain a sample of urine. When performed for diagnostic purposes, a cystocentesis keeps the sample sterile, preventing it from becoming contaminated with bacteria, cells, and other debris from the lower urogenital tract.

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Diagnostic Imaging

At VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center, we utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment in the care and treatment of pets. CT scanner, endoscopy, radiology, and ultrasonography are among the technologically-advanced complement of tools providing superior imagery that are utilized at our hospital to perform diagnostic testing.

Sometimes we are unable to determine from a physical examination what may be troubling your pet. This can be frustrating to you and uncomfortable for your pet. When this happens, we use state-of-the-art noninvasive radiology to help diagnose many pet illnesses and injuries. The specialists we work with, called radiologists, correlate medical image findings with other examinations and tests to help in the diagnosis of many disease conditions. We are committed to providing optimal care to our patients using state of the art veterinary diagnostic imaging. We also provide outpatient imaging services for veterinarians.

The radiologists at our hospital have completed a residency program and are board certified, just like our other specialists. A board-certified radiologist reads all radiographs taken at no extra charge to you.

CT scans allow visualizations of internal organs and soft tissues that are often not detectable with routine X-rays. X-ray computed tomography (CT) is a medical imaging method employing tomography created by computer processing. Digital geometry processing is used to generate a three-dimensional image of the inside of your pet’s body from a large series of two-dimensional X-ray images taken around a single axis of rotation. CT gives tremendous insight and accuracy into the diagnosis of nasal and pulmonary disease, as well as helping us to plan surgery.X-rays and CT scans help our veterinarians evaluate:

  • Musculo-skeletal system for bone and muscle disorders
  • Tooth, jaw, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems
  • Cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Gastrointestinal and digestive system problems
  • Reproductive organs
  • Urinary elimination systems

Our Diagnostic Imaging Services

Abdominal Ultrasonography-Abdominocentesis and Cystocentesis
Computed Tomography (CT scanning)
Digital Radiography
Fluoroscopy

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