Non-Invasive Imaging for Diagnosis
Diagnostic Imaging includes many different imaging modalities. The most widely used imaging technique in veterinary medicine is the radiograph. This is the image formed on film through the use of x-rays. The radiograph is best suited for dense objects, such as bone, although it produces fine images of softer structures as well when used properly. At Memorial 610 Hospital for Animals, we use digital radiography, which has many benefits over traditional film radiographs. Digital detail on images is far greater, and manipulation of the images allows for greater diagnostic accuracy. In addition, we have many of our radiograph images reviewed remotely by a board certified radiologist to ensure the best care for our patients.
Another common mode of imaging is ultrasound. Ultrasound is ideal for the imaging of soft tissue structures in the body, especially those that contain fluid. It can be especially helpful in guiding a biopsy instrument to a specific location. At Memorial-610 Hospital for Animals, we ultrasound internal organs to asses normal and abnormal architecture and to diagnose structural diseases most accurately. Both radiography and ultrasound aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of diseases. In addition, we have access to nuclear scintigraphy, CT and MRI when necessary to provide complete diagnostic imaging services.