Radiographs allow for evaluation of internal structures including the heart and lungs, bones, spine and abdominal organs. Radiographs can quickly pinpoint the source of your pet’s illness or injury and allow our doctors to recommend an individually tailored treatment plan to put them on the path to recovery.
CT or Computed Tomography
A computed tomography (CT) scan gives your veterinarian a closer look at a particular organ, muscle, bone, or internal body part on your pet. These scans obtain images in slices, offering much more detail than a traditional X-ray. They are especially useful in diagnosing and assessing traumatic bone, spinal or soft tissue injury, lung disease, nasal pathology or cancer.
Magnetic resonance imaging
MRI, completed under general anesthesia, allows for imaging of internal soft tissue structures, especially the nervous system – brain, spinal cord and soft tissues – without the use of ionizing radiation. MRI can diagnose problems that other imaging modalities are unable to, thereby ensuring our doctors at NRVS to provide the best care to your pets.
Fluoroscopy is a form of next-level medical imaging that uses radiographs to obtain moving images of the interior of your pet’s body. An invaluable diagnostic tool, fluoroscopy is used to diagnose a variety of issues, including airway, liver or heart disease, problems with swallowing, and skeletal injuries and irregularities. Fluoroscopy is also used to aid in visualizing bones and fractures to allow for a more minimally invasive approach to fracture repair. This allows for less discomfort for your pet and quicker healing.
Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time image of an animal’s body. It works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the pancreas, stomach, kidneys, adrenal glands, liver, gallbladder, spleen, and lymph nodes. Ultrasound is also used to evaluate regions of the thorax, including the lungs and lymph node, as well as glands in the neck, such as the thyroid gland.