Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Services
When a pet is ill, finding the underlying cause can be challenging. The veterinarians at Perinton Veterinary Hospital rely on their experience, skill, and diagnostic tools to properly identify problems and treat patients. Our advanced diagnostic imaging technology includes digital X-ray, dental X-ray, and ultrasound.
Radiography is an imaging technique using electromagnetic radiation, or X-rays, as part of a medical treatment. The X-rays pass through the patient’s body and are captured by a detector, either on film or a digital image viewed on a screen.
X-ray technology allows our veterinarians to capture images of the bones and internal organs. There are many reasons why we might recommend an X-ray: suspected injuries from a trauma, evaluation of a broken bone, or looking for a foreign object that a patient swallowed. Digital X-ray is valued for its exceptional detail, widely preferred for use during a dental exam.
Radiographs are very safe and can be easily taken with your pet lying still on an X-ray table. When a patient is in pain or a state of high agitation, sedation may be needed in order to capture the necessary images.
There are advantages and disadvantages to using diagnostic X-rays:
- Fast, easy way to examine patients
- Clear images of bones and organs
- Offers a wide viewing area
- Commonly available at most veterinary hospitals
- Expose patients to small doses of radiation
- Provides a snapshot of only one moment in time
Ultrasound is an imaging technique using high frequency sound waves as part of a medical treatment. An ultrasound transducer emits these sound waves into the body and measures them as they bounce back. The computer then creates a moving image on a monitor, with the ability to take a still snapshot at any point.
A live view of the patient’s insides is visible during an ultrasound exam, and the transponder may be moved around to view various angles with ease. The ultrasound exam is most often performed on alert patients, as it is painless, requires no chemicals, and is noninvasive.
We often use ultrasound technology to evaluate the chest and abdominal organs, the functioning of the heart, and to diagnose and monitor pregnancy. Since it produces no radiation, ultrasound is harmless to delicate tissue and developing fetuses.
Diagnostic ultrasound is beneficial for certain cases, such as in diagnosing suspicious masses, to look for internal organ damage, or when examining the heart or a pregnant animal.
- Uses non-invasive sound waves to capture images
- Images are real time, able to show movement such as blood flow and heartbeat
- Safe for use during pregnancy
- Can be used to guide a surgeon during biopsy
- No known risks
- Sound waves do not penetrate deeply into the body or through bone
- Ultrasound images do not cover a wide area
Contact our hospital to discuss these diagnostic options for your pet.