X-ray & Ultrasound Scanning
Veterinary medicine uses diagnostic techniques that are similar to those used for human medicine. Diagnosis is, however, made even more challenging by species differences in susceptibility to disease, species difference in the response to drugs, and the inability to obtain a direct description of symptoms from the ailing pet.
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 swallowedRadiographs are very safe and can be easily taken with your pet lying still on an X-ray table. Sometimes, sedation may be needed in order to capture the necessary images.
An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a recording of the electrical activity of the heart. It is a safe, noninvasive procedure that uses clips (electrodes) placed on the skin over the chest and legs. The ECG is used commonly to evaluate the heart rhythm and identify abnormalities (arrhythmias) in the heartbeat. It may also help to identify enlargement of the heart, a common finding with many heart diseases.
A ultrasound examination, otherwise called ultrasonography, is a non-obtrusive imaging system that permits inside body structures to be seen by recording echoes or impressions of ultrasonic waves. Not at all like x-beams, which are conceivably hazardous, ultrasound waves are thought to be sheltered.