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Ultrasound studies are most helpful to evaluate soft tissue and fluid structures. 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. 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 examinations are commonly performed on the abdomen, thorax, neck, eyes and soft tissue structures of the head, trunk and legs. In addition to assessment of organ architecture, ultrasound examination is helpful to identify free fluid within a body cavity (i.e. thorax and abdomen).

Ultrasound Guided Aspirate And Core Biopsy Including Abdominocentesis And Thoracocentesis

Following assessment of an organ and the surrounding structures, ultrasound imaging is used to guide needle placement into a selected tissue or cavity. A sample of tissue or fluid may be drawn through the needle as an aspirate to analyze the cells or other contents of the sample (cytology and microbiology). A larger needle may be used to retrieve a small piece of solid tissue for a core-biopsy to analyze the architecture of the tissue (histopathology). Ultrasound guidance is commonly used to removing fluid from the chest cavity (thoracocentesis) and abdominal cavity (abdominocentesis).

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Diagnostic Imaging

VCA ASEC has two full time, on site board-certified Veterinary Radiologists, Dr. Jean Reichle and Dr. David Szabo. The two specialists provide interpretation of radiographs (x-rays) from your referring veterinarian as well as those taken at VCA ASEC. We also perform ultrasound examinations of the abdomen, thorax, joints and muscles. Our 16 slice digital helical CT scanner provides 3-dimensional analysis of various body parts including the head, chest, abdomen, and spine, for diagnostic purposes or pre-surgical planning. All of our imaging modalities are digital and linked to an archive for easy access in-hospital or remotely. Radiographs, ultrasound, and CT exams may be scheduled on an outpatient basis as well.

Radiology Department Services:

• Digital Radiography and Flouroscopy
• GE LOGIQ P6 Premium Digital Ultrasound
• GE 16 Slice Brightspeed CT scanner
• Ultrasound and CT Guided Aspirates and Biopsies

Our Diagnostic Imaging Services

Diagnostic Imaging Overview
Neuroradiology
Abdominal Ultrasonography Abdominocentesis and Cystocentesis
Computed Tomography CT Scanning

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