VCA Burrstone Animal Hospital utilizes non-invasive digital radiography technology to diagnose a wide range of health conditions in pets, from routine ailments to serious disease.
Digital radiography is a filmless x-ray system that produces immediate results, reduces exposure to radiation and requires less table time for your pets versus the traditional film method. It is very good at viewing solid tissue, such as bone. Therefore, it is often employed when evaluating for arthritis or fractures. In addition, it has many uses for evaluating soft tissue (organs). Our experienced veterinarians and licensed technicians are highly skilled at obtaining and interpreting these images.
We also use digital radiography for dentistry. It is ideal for uncovering tooth decay and periodontal disease that can be hidden from the naked eye and thus missed during a dental exam.
Diagnostic ultrasound, which uses high frequency sound waves to create "real time" images of soft tissue anatomy, is another significant advancement in veterinary medicine. As a safe, painless way to look inside the body, ultrasound can observe blood flow, heartbeats, and gastrointestinal movement as they occur. Abdominal ultrasound can be used to examine soft tissue structures such as the liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidneys, bladder, prostate, uterus, ovaries, adrenal glands, stomach, and intestines.