Both our surgeries are equipped with in house diagnostic imaging facilities. We are able to perform XRAYs and high quality detailed ultrasound scans.
X-Ray (or radiography) is a diagnostic procedure which allows us to see inside your pets body to assess their bones and organs for any issues or diseases. We have a digital X-RAY system, with images available within minutes.
When are X-Rays used:
- Orthopaedic problems, such as lameness, fractures and deformities
- Assessing the abdomen, such as a bloated or painful abdomen, foreign objects, vomiting or diarrhoea
- Viewing changes with internal structures such as tumours, cysts or stones
- Checking conditions which affect the chest, with images of the heart and lungs
- Diagnosing dental problems, such as abscesses and fractures.
- Plus many more..
When we perform radiography it is important for our patients to be very still, therefore we usually sedate or administer a general anaesthesia. Once asleep we position them and take an X-Ray image. We use a special digital system which allows us to process the image quickly and assess the image thoroughly. During this process we may need to take multiple images in different positions to provide the most accurate information that we need to help with a diagnosis.
An ultrasound scan is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic procedure that provides us with an image of our patients insides. Patients often have their fur shaved for this procedure which improves the image quality and helps to make a diagnosis. A small amount of ultrasound gel is placed on to the ultrasound probe which is then placed against the skin. The procedure is painless and most patients do not require any sedatives or anaesthesia, unless an animal is particularly anxious.
When ultrasound scans are used:
- To visualise the heart (murmurs or irregular heartbeats/ arrhythmias)
- Breathing issues (visualise the chest, asses for fluid and masses)
- Pregnancy or birth problems
- Organ diseases (each organ can be assessed)
- Gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting or diarrhoea
- Foreign objects in the body
- Tendon injuries
- Urinary, bladder issues (visualise inside of bladder to assess for stones)
- Plus many more…