When it comes to accurately diagnosing and treating your pet after he or she has experienced an injury or illness, you can count on our veterinary team to have the latest diagnostic equipment, including digital imaging devices and ultrasound available.
Injuries and Ailments Diagnosed via Radiology and Ultrasounds
Digital images, including ultrasounds, radiographs, MRIs and CT scans are used to diagnose a variety of conditions and ailments in dogs and cats. Common conditions diagnosed include broken bones, joint problems, tumors, brain abnormalities and problems with the internal organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and bladder.
Ultrasound imaging involves using sound waves to create an image on a computer monitor. When the ultrasonographer places the wand over an injured area of your pet, we are able to find otherwise hidden problems, like when your pet accidentally eats something that isn’t food, has a tumor or has problems with an internal organ, like the stomach, spleen, liver and pancreas. Ultrasound imaging is completely painless and does not have any side-effects.
We have skilled ultrasonographers who frequent our hospital to perform these services and more.
The common term for a radiograph is an x-ray. These images can help diagnose problems and conditions with the bones and joints, such as broken bones, swelling in the joints and other types of bone abnormalities. X-rays can also be used to diagnose problems with the internal organs, like the heart, lungs, spleen, liver and kidneys.
Elkridge Animal Hospital utilizes the help of board-certified radiologists to review the vast majority of our radiographs to ensure the correct diagnosis.
MRIs and CT Scans
MRI is an acronym for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This type of diagnostic equipment can produce detailed images of the internal structures of the body. They are helpful in diagnosing tumors and abnormalities in the brain as well as spinal disorders, like herniated discs and spinal stenosis in cats and dogs.
The acronym CT stands for computed tomography. These are essentially highly detailed x-rays that can show cross sections of your dog or cat’s anatomy. While the CT machine is taking images, the veterinarian has the ability to enhance and focus on specific parts of your pet’s body in order to make a detailed and accurate diagnosis.
Our healthcare team can refer you to a specialist to provide these advanced imaging services.
Diagnosing Your Pet’s Ailment or Injury
Our veterinary staff can rapidly diagnose your pet’s injury or condition via x-rays and/ or ultrasound imaging or refer you for advanced imaging services to the many, local specialists in the area. Once Elkridge Animal Hospital understands the depth of your pet’s illness or injury, a treatment plan will be developed to help your pet heal and restore your pet’s health. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health and his or her diagnosis, we would be happy to answer them and provide you with guidance to help make your pet comfortable during the recovery process.
For more information on our radiology and diagnostic imaging services in Elkridge, MD, call us at 410-379-6789 today.