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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. Images are produced by passing x-ray energy through the body. The energy that reaches the other side is detected by a plate and converted into an electronic signal. This information is sent to a computer to create a visible image. 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.
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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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