Advanced Medical Imaging

Advanced Veterinary Medical Imaging

Digital Radiographic (X-ray) Imaging

Veterinary medical imaging is an important tool in the diagnosis of many of our pets’ diseases:

  • Upper and lower limb radiographs for bone, intervertebral disc, or joint lesions.
  • Neck radiographs for upper respiratory disease (e.g. trachea, larynx, and esophageal lesions).
  • Thoracic (3 views) radiographs for lung, heart, and blood vessel lesions.
  • Abdominal (3 views) radiographs for stomach, intestine, liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, and tumours.

We have a digital X-ray system that allows us to produce high-detail radiographs very quickly. The digital technology allows the picture to be computer enhanced for optimal diagnostic benefit. In addition, radiographs can be saved on CD-ROM or USB key.

Referral to a radiographic interpretation service by board-certified ACVR radiologists is included in the price of all emergency radiographic studies. An official report is provided for the medical record.

Echography (Ultrasound) Imaging

Our Ottawa facility also has veterinary medical imaging that includes an ultrasound unit to allow diagnostic imaging above and beyond abdominal and thoracic radiographs. This is particularly useful for the quick assessment of the thoracic and abdominal cavities and their organs for fluid, masses, or other abnormalities.

Ultrasonography is most frequently used to investigate the abdomen, but it can also be used to evaluate other anatomic regions such as the thorax. During ultrasound examinations, fine-needle aspirates can also be performed to help obtain a diagnosis on masses and lesions. An ultrasound also allows precise sampling of sterile urine from the bladder to submit for bacterial culture in case of potential urinary infection.

A safe light sedation (or heavier but reversible sedation) is usually required to allow proper ultrasound assessment of lesions and organs as well as to allow safe sampling from needle aspirations.

CT-scan (computerized tomography X-rays) Imaging

CT-scanning is done under heavy reversible sedation or general anesthesia, and is used to diagnose or follow the progression of many diseases, such as complex fractures, vertebral disc herniation, nasal cavity diseases, chronic ear problems, pre-surgical evaluation of masses, and whole-body scanning for staging of cancer patients.

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