Ultrasound & X-ray

Non-invasive diagnostic tools used to examine dogs and cats.

Many of the medical devices used in human medicine also have a place in veterinary hospitals. Ultrasonography and radiology (X-rays) are two imaging diagnostic tools that can be utilized to diagnose internal issues in cats and dogs. By employing imaging technology, we can provide a snapshot of the internal organs and systems, avoiding unnecessary exploratory surgery. Together, X-rays and ultrasounds can be used to diagnose conditions such as arthritis, pregnancies, pneumonia, heart disease, bladder stones, tumors, cysts, free fluids, foreign objects, and more. Furthermore, imaging technology allows us to monitor essential organs like the heart, lungs, bladder, prostate, and intestines, ensuring comprehensive and accurate diagnoses for your furry companions.

How is an ultrasound performed?

The ultrasonographer applies gel to the surface of the body and then methodically moves a transducer (a small handheld tool) across the skin to record images of the area of interest. The gel helps the transducer slide more easily and creates a more accurate visual image.

The transducer emits ultrasonic sound waves, which are directed into the body toward the structures to be examined. The waves create echoes of varying degrees depending on the density of the tissue and the amount of fluid present. These waves generate detailed images of the structures, which are displayed on a monitor and recorded for evaluation.

What is the difference between traditional X-rays and digital radiology?

Digital radiography provides a high-quality image that allows visualization of bones and soft tissue in great detail. After being taken, a digital radiograph can be enhanced, magnified, and manipulated in several different ways, enabling visualization of images in ways not possible with film X-rays. These images are captured on a computer and can be shown to a pet owner on any screen throughout the hospital. They can also be sent immediately to a specialist if needed or burned to a CD for future use.

Is sedation or anesthesia necessary during X-rays or ultrasounds?

Most of the time, these procedures will be done without any kind of medical restraint. However, if our veterinarian decides that your dog or cat will be less stressed or that the image, puncture, cytology, or biopsy will be better and harmless to them, anesthesia or sedation may be performed. The well-being and comfort of your furry companion are always our top priority, and any decision regarding anesthesia or sedation will be made with their best interests in mind.

Are imaging diagnostics safe for my cat or dog?

Absolutely! Your feline or canine pal will be safe during and after the procedure. Both processes are completely painless. There is a lot of fear around X-rays because of radiation. However, digital X-rays have up to 80% less exposure compared to traditional ones. To learn more about X-rays and ultrasounds, please call 705-885-7387.

Return to Dog & Cat Services