Ultrasounds and X-rays help us to closely examine your pet's body, so our veterinarians can diagnose health issues impacting their internal systems and structures. Both types of technology are safe for cats or dogs, with our team taking every precaution to ensure your pet's well-being. To learn more about our diagnostic imaging, please contact us at 604-522-3344.
What can you see with ultrasounds and X-rays?
Ultrasounds and X-rays are non-invasive, pain-free tools for diagnosing and staging many diseases. Ultrasound is the best way for our veterinarians to evaluate fluid-filled areas and soft tissue organs. This imaging allows us to visualize the internal architecture of many internal organs and can help identify abnormal masses and heart problems. X-rays (radiographs) also allow us to visualize the internal structures of your pet's body. It can help us identify anything from broken or fractured bones to a foreign object your pet may have ingested. These images provide insight into enlarged organs or masses or fluid buildup within the abdomen and chest cavities.
Why does my pet need both imaging tools?
Depending on the areas of the body our veterinarians are examining, generating both images helps improve our diagnosis. For example, a chest X-ray can give us insight into the health of your pet's heart, lungs, blood vessels, and bones. An ultrasound can also be recommended to specifically examine enlargement of or other abnormalities within your pet's heart.
Why does my pet need sedation?
Sedation is needed in some cases. If we notice your pet is having a difficult time staying still or remaining calm during their X-ray, sedation could alleviate their anxiety. If we need to use a sedative, it is typically fast-acting, wearing off soon after your pet's appointment is over. That being said, most pets will not need to be under general anesthesia during their appointment.