Radiologic examinations employ state-of-the-art high-detail digital radiography, which is much faster and less stressful for your pet. This also allows more specialized studies requiring anesthesia (myelograms, contrast studies) to be safer than previously achieved. The image quality of digital radiography is unsurpassed.
We offer CT scans for more detailed imaging of chest, abdomen, heads, and spines. Our CT unit utilizes much lower radiation levels and exposure times than competing units, minimizing radiation to your pet.
All radiographs and CT scans are interpreted by a board-certified veterinary radiologist. If you indicate a desire to obtain a copy of the radiographs or CT images, we are glad to provide you with a CD.
Ultrasonography is often the preferred method for imaging soft tissue and organs. It is a very safe, reliable and cheap way to observe abnormalities in the body. The quality of the images obtained using ultrasound is highly dependent on the equipment available and the skill of the person (ultrasonographer) performing the exam.
Echocardiography uses a top-of-the-line ultrasound unit to non-invasively ‘look inside the heart’. We are able to employ color flow and contrast studies to safely diagnose heart conditions.
Outpatient Ultrasound Program
As a service to your veterinarian, VSH can provide a detailed ultrasound study to better help diagnose your pet’s illness. If your primary veterinarian refers you to us to have your pet receive an ultrasound, here is what you can expect:
♦ Do not feed your pet for 12 hours prior to the ultrasound study, unless your pet is a diabetic.
♦ Your pet will have an ultrasound performed by a board certified specialist.
♦ To adequately obtain the best quality images, the fur will be shaved from the body part to be imaged. We strive to shave as little as possible.
♦ Our specialist will provide a report to your veterinarian following the appointment.
♦ Because your primary veterinarian knows your pet’s history and current condition, he/she will be better able to report the ultrasound findings and manage your pet’s care.
♦ If you have any questions about the ultrasound results, your primary veterinarian can explain them.