In veterinary medicine, skill, experience, and technology are key components to effective care—and all that is offered in our diagnostic imaging department. The effective use of diagnostic equipment and the expert interpretation of results are essential in treating our patients. A board-certified radiologist reviews radiographs and likewise our ultrasounds are performed and interpreted by specialists. This is an important investment we’ve made in your pet’s health!
Radiography, commonly referred to as x-rays, is widely used in veterinary medicine. It offers both speed and lower cost when diagnosing illness or injury in pets.
At Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, we offer patients the latest in x-ray technology—digital radiographs. Digital technology provides clear images displayed on a monitor and allows practitioners to view more detail and varying angles. Digital x-rays are also excellent for use in pet dental care.
Ultrasound is a valuable tool and greatly assists veterinary care and diagnosis. A great deal can be learned about your pet’s health in a very short amount of time.
What Is Ultrasound?
Most of us are familiar with prenatal ultrasound, where expectant parents view images of their baby. Veterinary ultrasound is very similar. High-frequency sound waves, inaudible to the human ear, are transmitted via a device called a transducer to look inside of the body. The echoes are recorded and transformed into video or photographic images.
Ultrasound is a noninvasive, advanced technology that allows us to examine specific internal organs (liver, kidneys, intestine, spleen, pancreas, urinary bladder, heart, etc.) and other soft tissues. The most commonly performed ultrasounds are abdominal ultrasounds and cardiac ultrasounds.
What Are the Benefits of Veterinary Ultrasound?
- Provides important diagnostic information, not gained through other testing methods (blood, urine, or physical examinations)
- Noninvasive and completely painless for your pet
- May eliminate the need for exploratory surgeries
- Can assist biopsies, allowing for image-guided procedures and the more precise collection of cell or tissue samples
Learn more about veterinary ultrasound testing from VetInfo.com.
For additional information about our diagnostics and imaging technology, contact our Willis office, serving the Montgomery and Conroe areas.