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Computed Tomography (CT) is a diagnostic tool that uses x-rays to obtain cross-sectional images of the body. CT is commonly used to image:

  • Lungs and other thoracic (chest) structures
  • Orthopedic conditions such as elbow dysplasia, complex fractures, tumors or infections, etc.
  • Skull, nasal cavity and sinuses, middle or inner ear disease.
  • Can be used to diagnose vascular liver shunts and other abdominal diseases such as adrenal tumors or liver tumors, assisting a surgeon to plan a difficult surgery to remove or treat these abnormalities.

CT can also be used to guide a biopsy of an abnormality within the body less invasively than with surgery. Veterinary patients need to be anesthetized for CT scans, so that they will hold still long enough for the examination. Every patient that presents for a CT scan will receive a thorough physical exam, and will have a review of recent bloodwork and other testing done prior to anesthesia to ensure they are good candidates for anesthesia. Also, every patient anesthetized at our hospital is closely monitored while under anesthesia by a veterinarian and a certified veterinary technician.

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Diagnostic Imaging

We offer a variety of imaging, including radiography (x-ray), ultrasonography, and CT. These imaging techniques are completely painless for your pet and are noninvasive. Many patients do not require anesthesia, while others may require a light sedative to promote relaxation. This is usually determined not only by your pet’s demeanor but also the desired outcome of the imaging.

Many things can be learned about your pet’s health in a very short amount of time using imaging technology. Information gained can be priceless in understanding your pet’s health and potential conditions.

Types of Ultrasound:


The most commonly performed canine ultrasound includes abdominal ultrasound and cardiac ultrasound.

Abdominal ultrasound is used to diagnose gastrointestinal tract tumors, organ enlargement, and pregnancy. During the ultrasound, the veterinarian will detect any changes present in the spleen, intestines, kidneys and surrounding organs. Since tumors may be hidden due to shadows visible in x-rays, an ultrasound is a preferred diagnostic test. However, if the diagnosis isn't confirmed through abdominal ultrasounds, the vet will conduct other tests to distinguish health concerns present. Frequently our emergency veterinarians will use ultrasound to assist in diagnosing medical emergencies.

An echocardiogram is performed in the same manner as abdominal ultrasounds. This procedure helps the veterinarian diagnose heart abnormalities that could lead to congestive heart failure or cardiac arrest. The only difference is that the ultrasound is performed over the chest surface, between the ribs. Echocardiograms should be performed and read by licensed and trained specialists. Dr. Barry is highly trained in the use of this tool. The procedure takes a little over half an hour. Although echocardiograms are performed at the chest area, they aren't used to detect lung abnormalities. They're used to obtain images of the heart to measure dimensions and check blood flow. Pets genetically predisposed to heart diseases and dogs that exhibit symptoms of heart murmur require an echocardiogram test to rule out heart conditions. Apart from ultrasounds, the veterinarian will perform other diagnostic tests to confirm illnesses.

Our Diagnostic Imaging Services

Abdominal Ultrasonography Abdominocentesis and Cystocentesis
Computed Tomography CT Scanning
Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology Overview
Digital Radiography

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