Ultrasonography is a valuable diagnostic tool used to detect several abnormalities in internal organs. It involves sound waves that are passed through tissues to transmit an image onto a monitor. This images helps to detect any abnormality in the structure of an organ.
Ultrasound is also commonly used to diagnose pregnancies at an early stage. The advantage of using ultrasonography is it is safe for the animal and does not normally require a full general anesthetic. To make this procedure as stress free as possible for the patient we sometimes may give a mild sedation to ease their anxiety during the process. It is often used in combination with radiology (x-rays) to give a complete picture of the internal organs.
X-rays can now be taken digitally and displayed on a computer. This means that we can quickly take a highly-detailed image that provides us with a view of your pet’s bones and internal organs. The result: diagnosing a wide range of medical conditions is faster and more accurate than ever before. Digital x-rays can be saved as part of your pet’s home medical record. Images can also be quickly shared via email to specialists when a second opinion or additional diagnosis is needed. Your pet’s time on the x-ray table is reduced because fewer images need to be taken. Digital x-rays eliminate the need to use toxic chemicals in the film development process, decreasing the risk of exposure to our staff and the environment. At Allandale Veterinary Hospital we also have digital oral radiographs, just like at the dentist, which make diagnosing very accurate and gives the practitioner a very reliable image to indicate if disease or an abnormality is present below the gum line which they cannot see.