Injuries and Ailments Diagnosed via Digital Imaging
Digital images, from radiographic or ultrasound exams, are used to diagnose a variety of conditions and ailments in dogs and cats. Common conditions diagnosed include broken bones, joint problems, tumors, and problems with the internal organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, spleen, and bladder.
Radiographic Imaging (X-rays)
- Give sharply detailed images of the size and shape of organs
- Give sharply detailed images of bones and joints.
- Are used to diagnose disease of the heart, lungs, airways, abdominal organs and the bones of the skull, spine, rib cage and legs.
- Are obtained with our state of the art digital radiographic equipment which provides sharp images which can be obtained with very low amounts of radiation.
- Ultrasound imaging is used to evaluate the tissue, the architecture, and the structures within specific organs.
- Ultrasound imaging is used to evaluate blood flow to, and within organs.
- This modality can look “within” the organ to evaluate likely function and the presence of metabolic abnormalities, infectious disease, inflammation, or cancer.
Both of these modes of imaging are important. Radiographic imaging is most important for evaluating bones and the size and shape of organs. When blood testing or radiographic imaging reveals an abnormality with an organ an Ultrasound exam can look within an organ to further refine the diagnosis.