Diagnostic Imaging

Welcome to the VCA Old Marple Animal Hospital Radiology and Advanced Imaging department.  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. For information about our radiology and advanced imaging services, please call us at 610-328-1300.

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 what services we offer.

Radiographs, or x-ray studies, use x-rays to create an image of the body.  This is the most frequently used form of veterinary imaging.  Digital radiography does not use film, so it is faster to obtain the images and also makes it easy to share images with other veterinarians. Radiographs are used to diagnose disease in the chest, abdomen, and musculoskeletal system.  Contrast studies of the gastrointestinal and urinary tract may also be performed.

Abdominal ultrasound images are obtained by using a probe that sends sound waves into and then receives them from the body. Ultrasound imaging allows us to evaluate the structure and architecture of internal organs. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, blood flowing through blood vessels can also be evaluated. Fine needle aspirates and biopsies are commonly obtained under ultrasound guidance. Ultrasound examinations are non-invasive and do not use radiation.

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