Diagnostics

 

From modern imaging equipment, like digital radiography and sonograms, to a real-time laboratory, we have the diagnostic tools that can literally save an animal’s life. Because we staff our own diagnostic centers, we receive immediate results – results that can often be crucial.

Digital Radiography

Digital radiography has revolutionized medicine by yielding fast, accurate radiographs (X-rays) to help diagnose a patient and order appropriate treatment. Digitized X-rays offer a number of advantages over film:
  • Faster, more precise images
  • Easier access and readability
  • Increased detail and image enhancements
  • Ability to transfer images via telemedicine or Internet
  • Affords prompt consultations with specialists worldwide
Radiographs taken at Denver Animal Emergency are evaluated by a team of veterinarians. First, the attending veterinarian will interpret the initial results and formulate a treatment plan. Then, your pet’s images are digitally transferred to a board-certified veterinary radiologist for final interpretation and input. All radiographs taken at Piedmont are evaluated by a radiologist to ensure the best medical care possible.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure we use to evaluate your pet's internal organs. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet’s organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone. We use ultrasound exams to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of your pet's abdominal organs. In addition, ultrasounds help assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram) and diagnose pregnancy. The technology can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during fine needle aspirates or cystocentesis.