Diagnostic imaging refers to the technology that allows us to visualize or look inside your pet. Radiographs, ultrasound, CT, and MRI are examples of diagnostic imaging. At PVS, we offer state of the art digital radiology. These high resolution images are processed instantly to diagnose life threatening problems immediately. Digital images can also be sent to referral specialists for evaluations and even sent home with our patients.
Another form of diagnostic imaging is Doppler ultrasound. Using sound waves instead of X-rays, three dimensional images are obtained in real time. Not only can we carefully evaluate the architecture deep inside various organs, we can also watch for changes over time. With ultrasound guidance, this thorough evaluation allows us to obtain FNA or fine needle aspirates, a type of minimally invasive sampling of tissue or organs of concern.
Echocardiograms, or ultrasounds of the heart, are essential in establishing a diagnosis involving heart disease. With Doppler technology, we can evaluate blood flow and subtle changes that could be otherwise missed.