Radiographs (x-rays) provide an immediate diagnostic tool for many conditions and are usually interpreted by the examining doctor. When consultation with a specialist is indicated, images are electronically transmitted to radiologists at The Animal Medical Center or Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners for review.
Ultrasonography is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging technique that enables us to see soft tissue and organs under the skin. Ultrasonographers come to the clinic on an as-needed basis to perform abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms (ultrasounds of the heart). Patients should be fasted for abdominal ultrasounds so the gastrointestinal tract can be adequately imaged. In addition, their fur is shaved to obtain clearer images. Most animals do not need to be sedated for these procedures.
We rely on an outside laboratory for most of our lab work and typically get test results back within a day. We also have the ability to check certain blood tests on-site and frequently use our in-house lab to examine ear swabs, skin samples, skin scrapings, and fine needle aspirates.