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Radiographs (x-rays) are a powerful diagnostic tool that aids greatly in diagnosing your pet’s medical issues. X-rays are commonly used to diagnose cardiac, pulmonary, abdominal and musculoskeletal conditions, just to name a few.
VCA Cherokee Animal Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art digital radiography, which furthers the diagnostic ability of conventional flat films. With digital images, the doctors are able to manipulate the images in a variety of ways, honing in on the problem areas and changing contrast colors to see things that may not be clearly visible on a traditional view. In addition, digital images are easily shared with specialists by either sending a disk with you or emailing the images to the specialist’s office directly.
All radiographs taken at VCA Cherokee Animal Hospital are reviewed by a board-certified Veterinary Radiologist for diagnostic confirmation. We also have access to a “stat” radiological service should immediate consultation be needed in emergency cases. We believe that the combination of these services strengthens the quality of medicine that we can offer and greatly aids in diagnosing your pet’s condition, ultimately benefiting his or her well-being.
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create a moving image of your pet’s internal organs. This diagnostic tool produces highly detailed images that allow the doctors to evaluate the functions of the heart and detect location and size of foreign bodies in your pet’s stomach, among other uses. We routinely perform echocardiograms and abdominal cavity and bladder sonograms using our ultrasound. If needed, our ultrasound is used to guide biopsy needles into abdominal tumors for surgery-free biopsies. And, of course, the doctors use the ultrasound to count kittens or puppies inside a pregnant momma cat or dog.
Ultrasound examination can alleviate the high cost and possible complications associated with exploratory surgery. Your pet will usually lie still during the procedure, with you right next to him/her to calm any fears and watch the examination. This can all be done during a regular office call. While not always avoiding surgery, ultrasound examinations are a great first step in the diagnostic process.