A thorough, detailed physical examination gives your veterinarian a detailed view of the outside of your pet, but in some instances, an interior view is also needed. Digital radiology and abdominal ultrasound allow us to see inside, to visualize their skeleton and internal organs. These tests are not only useful, but are safe, painless, and non-invasive.
X-rays (radiographs) are available for a variety of purposes. They are used to diagnose and confirm broken bones, arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other bone abnormalities. Chest films evaluate the size of the heart, assess for the presence of abnormal fluid in the lungs or chest cavity, and evaluate the lung tissue itself for signs of disease. Abdominal films evaluate overall organ size and help us detect abnormal structures such as tumors, foreign objects in the GI tract, and urinary tract stones.
In the vast majority of cases, radiographs can be performed in pets without sedation. However, sedation may be necessary in extremely anxious or painful animals, or if certain specific diagnostic-quality films (OFA for hips) are required.
At Deepwood, we are pleased to be able to offer you and your pet digital radiography. This is similar to traditional X-ray technology, but allows for much higher resolution and better-quality images. Since the films are stored electronically instead of on a physical film, they can be digitally manipulated and enlarged to allow close evaluation of problem areas. They can also be easily emailed or transferred to CD, in the event that you would like a copy of your pet’s images or require referral to a specialist.
The availability of thoracic (chest) and abdominal ultrasound has made it possible for us to diagnose and treat diseases more quickly and effectively. Ultrasound is employed for a wide variety of uses, from collecting sterile urine samples to evaluating a pet for bladder stones, to localizing tumors in the liver or spleen, to finding and removing abnormal fluid in the chest or abdominal cavity.
In certain instances, your pet may be in need of more advanced imaging modalities, such as MRI or CT. These are available at multiple locations in the Northern Virginia region, and if referral is warranted, we will gladly arrange this for you.
If you have any questions about the imaging services we offer, or whether your pet could benefit from medical imaging, please feel free to ask us.