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Sometimes we are unable to determine from a physical examination what may be troubling your pet. This can be frustrating to you and uncomfortable for your pet. When this happens, Valley Oak Veterinary Center uses state-of-the-art noninvasive radiology to help diagnose many pet illnesses and injuries. The specialists we work with, called radiologists, correlate medical image findings with other examinations and tests to help in the diagnosis of many disease conditions. 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.

The radiologists have completed a residency program and are board certified, just like our other specialists. A board-certified radiologist reads all radiographs taken at no extra charge to you.

CT scans allow visualizations of internal organs and soft tissues that are often not detectable with routine X-rays. X-ray computed tomography (CT) is a medical imaging method employing tomography created by computer processing. Digital geometry processing is used to generate a three-dimensional image of the inside of your pet’s body from a large series of two-dimensional X-ray images taken around a single axis of rotation. CT gives tremendous insight and accuracy into the diagnosis of nasal and pulmonary disease, as well as helping us to plan surgery. X-rays and CT scans help our veterinarians evaluate:


  • Musculo-skeletal system for bone and muscle disorders
  • Tooth, jaw, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems
  • Cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Gastrointestinal and digestive system problems
  • Reproductive organs
  • Urinary elimination systems
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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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