Advanced Diagnostic Lab & Radiology
A comprehensive, in-house lab is maintained to help us determine the correct diagnosis of every pet. Lab tests are usually available within thirty minutes, ensuring that your pet receives appropriate and immediate care. State-of-the-art radiographic equipment and techniques are used to help our diagnosis. Most common are x-rays for exact information on bone structure or breaks, and they may be used to follow the healing of orthopedic repairs or confirm pregnancy. Advanced gastrointestinal dyes may be administered to help diagnose intestinal abnormalities such as foreign bodies or cancer. Our staff is specially trained in a variety of lab tests, including ultrasound, and by pursuing continuing education regularly we stay abreast of the latest techniques.
When a pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through its body and hits a piece of radiographic film. Images on the film appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal. Bones, which absorb more x-rays, appear as light gray structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer x-rays and appear as dark gray structures. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.