Advanced imaging in veterinary medicine helps pet healthMost pet owners in the area have come to appreciate Carriage Hills Animal Hospital for the high quality care that we provide. Many patients come to us with serious illnesses or injuries, and we are sure to have the expertise and resources at our disposal to help them have the best prognosis possible.

For more complicated internal medicine cases, proper and expedient diagnostics are required in order to gain the information needed to provide the best care for our patients. Modalities such as abdominal ultrasound and echocardiography are included in important options for advanced imaging in veterinary medicine.

Understanding Ultrasound

Utilizing ultrasound technology has many advantages for our patients. Abdominal ultrasound is possibly the most commonly used type of advanced imaging in veterinary medicine. Echocardiography is also very important, and refers specifically to ultrasound of the heart and associated structures in the chest.

Ultrasound involves the use of sound waves in order to create a black and white real-time image of structures within the body. Unlike radiographs (x-rays), these images are much more detailed and provide a lot of information about specific organs.

Since it is very safe and non-invasive ultrasound is an ideal diagnostic modality for even the most critical of cases. Echocardiography and ultrasound can be performed quickly and easily, allowing us to gather information we need to get started helping our patients faster.

Advanced Imaging in Veterinary Medicine

Advanced imaging in veterinary medicine such as ultrasound and echocardiography can play an important role, especially when it comes to internal medicine cases. When it comes to these patients, identifying what is going on with major internal organs can hold vital clues to managing them better.

At some veterinary hospitals, patients needing this type of imaging might need to be referred elsewhere. At Carriage Hills Animal Hospital our doctors can perform these tests on-site, helping us get to work getting your pet better faster.

With techniques such as ultrasound and echocardiography we can:

  • Evaluate the intestinal tract for motility, evidence of foreign body obstruction, thickening, and masses
  • Look at major organs such as the liver, spleen, and gallbladder when symptoms or other test results indicate an abnormality.
  • Assess the urinary tract for evidence of stones or tumors.
  • Visualize the heart at work in order to identify problems such as valve dysfunction, blood vessel abnormalities, and defects in formation when a heart murmur or other concern is discovered.
  • Scan for signs of bleeding or fluid accumulation.
  • Precisely obtain samples of tissue or fluid for evaluation.

Our staff is dedicated to bringing the best in veterinary medicine to our patients. Advanced diagnostics such as ultrasound and echocardiography both allow us to accomplish this. Call us today for more information about how these might be able to help your pet.