With our portable ultrasound machine we can perform ultrasonography in the convenience of your home or at the base practice. This imaging modality is a formidable aid in helping us to diagnose any medical and potentially surgical problems your pets may have. In addition to being useful in the assessment of various organ systems; ultrasound is also excellent for aiding pregnancy diagnosis.
Modern X-ray facilities enable investigation of various skeletal and organ based conditions. X-rays (radiographs) are an important part of diagnostic imaging which is often used first line to examine the body for injury or disease.
Radiography is an important part of diagnostic imaging in veterinary medicine. It is quick, painless, and in some cases, follow-up examinations are used to monitor a patient’s progress throughout the course of treatment.
Our modern digital X-ray facilities are an excellent aid to quick and accurate diagnoses of many skeletal problems, however detecting small abnormalities within soft tissue can be more difficult.
Our Toshiba high resolution CT (computed tomography) scanner is best used to give detailed information on soft tissue structures. A scan is useful for identifying many conditions, but is invaluable when pinpointing the exact location of tumours.
The detailed 3D images produced by the scan are critical when diagnosing and treating many orthopaedic and respiratory diseases. Abdominal images are excellent when identifying the shape, size, density and texture of all internal structures.
Dental diseases can also be easily identified, especially in smaller animals.
Many pet insurance policies will cover the cost of CT scans, but please check with your insurer.
A SAMPLE CASE STUDY
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Your pet will need to be sedated as they must remain completely still. They are positioned on the table and slowly advanced into the scanner. Once complete, the sedation is reversed and we make sure they are comfortable before going home, usually within a few hours.
Many patients that undergo a CT examination also receive intravenous contrast which acts as a “dye” to highlight blood vessels and the vascularity of tissues.
The images are then interpreted by our veterinary experts before we formulate our treatment plan for your pet.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR PET NEEDS A CT SCAN?
We feel that the ability to analyse and screen blood and urine samples promptly is imperative in a modern day practice.
We have a fully equipped laboratory with facilities to analyse samples taken from your pet. This way we can screen our patients for organ dysfunction prior to anaesthetics and perform more in depth blood work to help diagnose other conditions.
Blood work, microscopy and urine analysis can all be used to help diagnose diseases. Fine needle aspirate (FNA) samples can be taken from any lumps and bumps you find on your pets and the samples can be investigated promptly.
We courier other samples daily to an independent veterinary laboratory who pride themselves in providing the highest quality comprehensive service. The results are then sent back as quickly as possible, enabling us to develop a treatment plan for your pet.
Samples can be collected from your pet swiftly and conveniently at our base practice or alternatively can be performed in the comfort of your own home.
Endoscopy is the use of specialised video cameras to evaluate areas within your pet's body in a minimally invasive manner. In most instances, endoscopy is performed for diagnostic purposes allowing visualization and sampling of abnormalities. However, endoscopy can also be used for therapeutic purposes as well.
Endoscopy can be applied to many body systems such as respiratory, upper and lower intestinal, urinary and genital tracts. In some cases treatments may also be delivered by this method, for instance foreign body removal from the stomach (gastroscopy).
We are equipped with all of the essential monitoring devices ensuring close critical observations of our surgical and hospitalised patients whilst offering quick diagnoses of many conditions and ongoing investigation of progress in our patients with long term illnesses.
These include blood pressure monitoring, electrocardiogram (ECG), pulse oximetry, capnography (aids monitoring of breathing gases during anaesthesia), blood glucometer (measured blood glucose) and tonometry (measure of pressure within the eye).