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Our hospital offers ultrasound (ultrasonography) examinations as a non-invasive procedure to evaluate internal organs. Energy in the form of sound waves is passed into the body. Reflected sound waves returning to the probe are used to create an image of the internal organs. Ultrasound studies are most helpful to evaluate soft tissue and fluid structures. Moving organs may be evaluated during motion, such as the beating heart, flowing blood and contracting intestines.

Gastrointestinal foreign material may be identified on an ultrasound exam when it is not apparent on radiographs. While radiographs are useful to assess organ size and overall shape, an ultrasound exam allows for evaluation of the organ architecture and blood supply. Ultrasound guided sampling of body tissue, by aspiration or biopsy, is helpful for cytology, histopathology and microbiology (culture and sensitivity).

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Diagnostic Imaging

Our hospital offers a number of diagnostic imaging services. Diagnostic imaging refers to the techniques and processes used to create images of your pet's body or body parts for medical purposes. These images allow your veterinarian to diagnose or re-examine a disease condition or determine if your pet's systems are normal. There are many forms of diagnostic imaging, including radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, CT scans and MRI. Some form of diagnostic imaging is usually required in a medical work-up or as part of a general wellness examination.

Ask our staff or veterinarians if you have other questions about our comprehensive services.

Our Diagnostic Imaging Services

Abdominal Ultrasonography-Abdominocentesis and Cystocentesis
Computed Tomography (CT scanning)
Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology Overview
Digital Radiography

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