When it comes to diagnosing and treating your pet after he or she has experienced an injury or illness, you can count on us to have the latest diagnostic equipment or to refer you to somewhere that does.
Injuries and Ailments Diagnosed via Radiology and Ultrasounds
Digital images, including ultrasounds, radiographs (x-rays), MRIs and CT scans are used to diagnose a variety of conditions and ailments in dogs and cats. Common conditions diagnosed include broken bones, joint problems, tumors, brain abnormalities and problems with the internal organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and bladder.
Ultrasound imaging involves using sound waves to create an image on a computer monitor. When Dr. Peek passes the wand over an injured area of your pet, he is able to find otherwise hidden problems, like when your pet accidentally eats something that isn’t food, has a tumor or has problems with an internal organ. Ultrasound imaging is completely painless and does not have any side-effects.
The common term for a radiograph is an x-ray. These images can help diagnose problems and conditions with the bones and joints and also can be used to diagnose problems with the internal organs, like the heart, lungs, spleen, liver and kidneys.
MRI is an acronym for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This type of diagnostic equipment has the ability to produce detailed images of the internal structures of the body. They are helpful in diagnosing tumors and abnormalities in the brain as well as spinal disorders, like herniated discs and spinal stenosis in cats and dogs.
The acronym CT stands for computed tomography. These are essentially highly detailed x-rays that can show cross sections of your dog or cat’s anatomy. While the CT machine is taking images, veterinarians have the ability to enhance and focus on specific parts of your pet’s body in order to make a detailed and accurate diagnosis.
MRIs and CT Scans are not available in our office, but we are happy to provide you with a referral if it is needed.
Diagnosing Your Pet’s Ailment or Injury
Our veterinary staff can rapidly diagnose your pet’s injury or condition via x-rays, CT scans, MRIs and ultrasound imaging. Once East Ridge Veterinary Hospital understands the depth of your pet’s illness or injury, a treatment plan will be developed in order to help your pet heal and restore your pet’s health. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health and his or her diagnosis, we would be happy to answer them and provide you with guidance in order to help make your pet comfortable during the healing process.
For more information on our radiology and diagnostic imaging services in East Ridge Veterinary Hospital, call us at (325) 235-4812 today.