We use the Eklin digital radiography system to produce the highest quality x-rays. We are able to electronically transmit these x-rays directly to Spokane Washington for immediate consultation with a board certified radiologist. All x-ray images are provided for each client to take home with them.
All of our radiographs are sent electronically to our board certified radiology specialist who provides immediate interpretation of every image. Clients are provided with a printed radiology consultation report and a CD of their pet’s x-rays upon discharge.
This is an across the chest interpretation of the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time, as detected by electrodes attached to the outer surface of the skin and recorded on a strip of paper for diagnostic interpretation. The tracing of electrical activity is used to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats, as well as the size and position of the chambers of the heart and the presence of any damage to the heart. In addition to thoracic x-rays and echocardiography, specific heart conditions can be diagnosed appropriately and therapy can be instituted to alleviate clinical symptoms.
This is a specialized kind of cardiac sonogram used to view the heart. The transducer is placed in position at an angle designed to bounce sound waves off the walls and valves of the heart in order examine heart chamber size, wall motion, valve movements, and structural changes in and around the heart, as well as the aorta, carotid (neck) arteries, and renal (kidney) arteries. This procedure is designed to investigate cardiac and blood vessel problems like heart murmurs or congestive heart failure.
Images captured on our ultrasound machine are sent electronically to our board certified radiology specialist who provides immediate interpretation of every image.
In ultrasound, a device called a transducer emits very high frequency sound waves into the animal’s body and measures when the waves bounce back. A computer interprets the pattern of sound reflection and creates a moving image on a monitor. Ultrasound is painless and requires no chemicals, radiation, or entry into the body. It allows us to visualize internal organs with more clarity and detail than regular x-ray. Ultrasound is also utilized to obtain sterile urine samples when urinary tract infections are suspected and cultures of the urine are required for appropriate theraputic decision making.
Endoscopy allows doctors to see an animal’s internal organs by inserting a long, flexible tube into the body. The tip of the tube contains a video chip and a strobe light, and it captures images and sends them to a video monitor. The endoscope can be inserted through the mouth to look at the upper gastrointestinal tract (GI endoscopy) or the lungs (brachioscopy), into the rectum to examine the colon (colonoscopy), into the nose (rhinoscopy), or into the joints (arthroscopy). This procedure lets veterinarians see internal tissue without performing invasive surgery. The veterinarian can also insert instruments through the tube and remove tissue to biopsy for additional diagnostic information. Sedation is not always required but recommended as we cannot communicate to our patients to sit quietly through the procedure.