Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
At Pet Medical Center, we know how important it is to make the right diagnosis of your pet’s illness or injury. Modern veterinary imaging helps us to see inside your pet to determine exactly the position and type of injury or abnormality. Pet Medical Center uses state-of-the-art equipment right here in our hospital as part of the diagnostic process.
We are proud and pleased to introduce to you our new Digital Radiography system which allows us to capture a higher quality image in significantly less time.
Working similar to a digital camera but on a much larger scale, our new digital radiography system provides us with an immediate high quality image. If a re-take is necessary it can be accomplished in seconds rather than minutes. Immediacy provides multiple benefits for your pet such as a significant reduction in anesthetic time, as well as reduced radiation exposure and, ultimately a quicker post-anesthetic recovery. This high quality digital image can be dimensionally manipulated thus expediting your pet's diagnosis. Additionally, digital radiography provides us with the ability to share your pet's images electronically with associates and specialists.
Digital radiography is currently available at our Chatoak and West Hills locations.
Ultrasound is an advanced, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technique that is painless and non-invasive. Using sound waves, a computer image is generated that helps us to evaluate the internal structure of organs and abnormal lesions.
In the abdominal cavity, ultrasound is particularly valuable for imaging the liver, spleen, gall bladder, kidneys, lymph nodes, adrenal glands, and urinary bladder. It is very useful for pregnancy evaluations. We use ultrasound to guide us in diagnostic procedures such as urine collection and the biopsy of internal organs and tumors.
Ultrasound often allows us to detect the spread of cancer, avoiding unnecessary surgery. Ultrasound of the heart, or echocardiogram, is invaluable in assessing the functional ability of the heart.
Several of our doctors have received advanced training in ultrasound imaging and are highly skilled in using ultrasound to assist in diagnosing and treating your pet’s medical conditions. Our consulting board-certified radiologist is available twice monthly for more complicated ultrasounds.
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that is used to evaluate the interior of certain organs and passages in the body. Most commonly used to evaluate stomach, small intestine, and colon, it is also used in the nose, throat, and ear canals.
Both a diagnostic and a therapeutic tool, endoscopy involves inserting an endoscope, which is a long, thin tube with a tiny camera at the end, allowing direct visualization of the area of concern. Once there, depending on the needs of the individual patient, biopsies can be taken, small polyps or tumors can be removed, or foreign objects that some pets swallow may be removed.
The greatest benefit to your pet is that many procedures that used to require major surgery can now be accomplished entirely with endoscopy. Anesthesia is still necessary with this procedure, but it is shorter, causes less stress on the body, and is less painful than surgery.