Radiology & Ultrasound
Veterinary Specialists of CT utilizes non-invasive digital radiography and ultrasound technology to diagnose a wide range of health conditions in pets, from routine ailments to serious disease,
Digital radiography is a filmless x-ray system that produces immediate results, reduces exposure to radiation and requires less table time for your pets versus the traditional film method. It is best used to view solid tissue, so is often employed when determining bone problems. It is also ideal for uncovering tooth decay and periodontal disease that can be hidden from the naked eye and thus missed during a dental exam. Complete OFA and Penn Hip Evaluations are also available.
Diagnostic ultrasound, which uses high-frequency sound waves to create “real-time” images of soft tissue anatomy, is another significant advancement in veterinary medicine. As a safe, painless way to look inside the body, ultrasound can observe blood flow, heartbeats, and gastrointestinal movement as they occur. Abdominal ultrasound can be used to examine soft tissue structures such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, bladder, prostate, uterus, ovaries, adrenal glands, stomach, and intestines.
Thoracic (chest) ultrasound can be used to uncover abnormalities of the heart and surrounding structures, such as increased fluid, enlarged lymph nodes and tumors. We can’t look inside the lungs, since ultrasound is impeded by air, but we can examine the heart and look for abnormalities such as fluid, enlarged lymph nodes, and tumors. Dr. Ken Knaack, DACVIM, performs both thoracic and abdominal ultrasound procedures. Dr. Liz Goldman, DACVIM, performs abdominal ultrasound procedures.
If your pet has symptoms such as excessive vomiting, infrequent urination, unexplained weight loss, chronic infections, or has received abnormal blood work results, we may request to perform an ultrasound. It is also used as part of a pre-surgical screening, to diagnose pregnancy, to determine staging in cancer patients, and as a baseline by which to compare results of future visits (e.g. geriatric patients.)