Non-Invasive Imaging at UVH
Diagnostic imaging is essential to providing an accurate diagnosis for many pet illnesses. For that reason, UVH is equipped with advanced diagnostic imaging. This includes digital radiology, ultrasound, dental radiology, and we are excited to now have a state-of-the-art CT machine. High-quality imaging facilitates accurate diagnosis, which guides our treatment plans and helps your pet get better sooner.
Diagnostic imaging techniques and equipment are non-invasive yet powerful tools that reveal a great deal of information about what is going on inside your pet’s body—often eliminating more invasive procedures like surgery.
Veterinary Digital Radiography
Radiographs (X-rays) are an indispensable tool in veterinary medicine. Images of our patients’ internal systems allow us to acquire vital information.
Digital X-rays provide the clearest images and can be viewed on the computer. Digital technology also enables us to manipulate the image to facilitate interpretation for a more accurate diagnosis. Images are digitally sent for interpretation by board certified veterinary radiologist.
Ultrasound is another non-invasive diagnostic. Many problems that cannot be diagnosed by radiology can be picked up in an ultrasound. It is useful in imaging the heart (we can actually watch how effectively it beats) and organs in the abdomen (such as the liver, spleen, and bladder). Since ultrasounds are moving, real-time images, they are better than X-rays for diagnosing certain conditions. Images are digitally sent for interpretation by board certified veterinary radiologist.
UVHvets offers computerized tomography (CT). This modalities enables UVH imaging capabilities equivalent to those available in the finest human hospitals. UVHVet’s commitment to your pet’s health keeps us at the forefront of veterinary medicine on a national (as well as local) level.
Typical uses of CT imaging include: examinations of the brain, skull, teeth, spine, joints, abdomen and ligaments; detecting the location and exact size of tumors (including in the brain, nasal cavity, lungs, liver, and spleen); identifying congenital defects; diagnosing discospondylitis and intervertebral disc disease; and more.
A CT scan uses radiation to produce images. It requires mild sedation so that the animal remains still during the procedure. A typical CT scan takes 15-20 minutes to complete and sometimes involves a contrast agent to “enhance” the area of concern. Images are digitally sent for interpretation by board certified veterinary radiologist.