X-rays, Endoscopy and Ultrasounds
Diagnostic imaging such as radiology or ultrasonography can be a very important step in diagnosing disease or trauma in our animal patients. Imaging allows us to see inside an animal’s body in a non-invasive manner. It is non-painful and only requires that your furry friend is able to lie quite still. This may require sedation or occasionally general anaesthesia to ensure that diagnostic images of high quality are captured and to reduce patient’s stress.
Where cases require endoscopy, we have a visiting specialist who can perform this procedure. Endoscopy can be used to visualise hollow organs of the body such as the stomach, intestines, bladder, nasal passages. Endoscopy can be used as a less invasive method than surgery to remove foreign bodies in suitable cases and can be used to examine areas of abnormality and take samples that may be used to make a diagnosis. Endoscopy requires general anaesthesia but patients usually show no discomfort or reaction to the procedure on recovery.
Occasionally we will see cases that will benefit from more advanced diagnostic imaging techniques such as CT scan or MRI. These techniques are especially useful in investigating diseases of the brain and spinal cord but can be used for almost any part of the body. If these tests are required, we can refer you to one of our specialist hospitals.