Our facilities help us to speedily diagnose potential issues in our patients, including x-ray, ultrasound and tonometry equipment.
Once we have carried out a full clinical examination we sometimes need to investigate conditions further.
Our range of diagnostic facilities include digital x-ray and ultrasound procedures, which can uncover health issues not always evident during external examination.
Both x-rays and ultrasound are examples of medical imaging. They are painless and non-invasive.
X-rays produce images of the inside of the body and are an effective method for looking at bones as well as some soft tissue. Animals must be anaesthetised or sedated to prevent movement during the procedure to avoid a blurred image. The digital process allows for rapid results.
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and is a useful tool for imaging soft tissue such as the liver, bladder, heart and kidneys.
Our team will use an ultrasound probe, which sends out pulses of very high frequency sound, which penetrate the body’s tissues. Some of the sound waves are reflected when they meet an internal surface. The probe measures these reflected waves to create an image on screen.
We also have tonometers to accurately measure intraocular pressure, the internal pressure of the eye. This non-invasive procedure aids diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as glaucoma.
Blood pressure monitoring
We are equipped with both oscillometric and doppler BP monitoring devices, which are used during anaesthetics, during check ups for certain health conditions, particularly in senior pets.