What is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a sophisticated computerized imaging technique which is used to create images with extraordinary detail of the body or brain. The MRI technique uses a strong magnetic field, pulsed electromagnetic fields known as gradients, and radio waves to produce the image in the region of interest. The image is produced then displayed on a gray scale from black to bright white.
MRI in Veterinary Medicine
Our new, state-of-the-art, high-field GE MRI scanner will ensure an efficient and rapid exam. Furthermore, the most sophisticated monitoring equipment available will minimize anesthetic related concerns. All Creatures Veterinary Hospital has dedicated and skilled staff available in an effort to provide the best care possible for your pet.
All Creatures Veterinary Hospital considers the use of digital radiograph technology as a critical tool in modern diagnostic procedures. Radiographs, which are commonly known as X-rays, are used to evaluate injuries and conditions which require more than external examination.
Radiology equipment gives us a non-evasive way to observe your pet’s internal physiology so that we can provide a more accurate diagnosis. Our veterinarians use radiographs to detect things like:
- Bone fractures
- Bladder stones
- Soft tissue problems (those related to the heart, stomach, intestines, reproductive, and urinary systems)
- Foreign objects
- And more
This pain-free process can be performed on calm and cooperative pets without sedation. However, your doctor may administer a sedative or general anesthesia in cases where a pet has trouble becoming fully relaxed.
As far as X-rays, these are evaluated on-site and during the same day by the attending doctor. In some circumstances, your pet may have to be dropped off for the day for X-rays, however we can sometimes have X-rays taken immediately to have the information needed in urgent situations. Copies of these X-rays can be digitally downloaded for pet owners at their request.
We’re adding a new, state-of-the-art CT scanner to our diagnostic imaging equipment to ensure our skilled and dedicated staff can offer the best in veterinary diagnostics for your pet.
What is a CT scan?
Computerized tomography, or CT, scans are computer enhanced x-rays that provide three-dimensional images of the internal body. Unlike the two-dimensional picture an X-ray captures, CT scans allow us to see the complete structure of the body.
They are most often used to evaluate complex parts of the body, like the head, chest and various internal organs. They show different levels of tissue density, and they produce more detailed images than x-rays. This ability to see inside your pet’s body helps us detect and treat problems affecting your animal companions.
When should a CT scan be taken?
CT scans are useful in detecting problems like:
- Nasal disease
- Head trauma
- Lung diseases
- Middle and inner ear disorders
- Orthopedic conditions, such as hip dysplasia and joint degeneration
- Brain or spinal conditions
- Dental disease, such as abscess
Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic procedure, which does not result in your pet’s exposure to radiation. The procedure involves using a hand-held probe on the skin above the area being studied.
An ultrasound of the heart, or echocardiogram, is the most useful test for evaluating a heart murmur. With ultrasound, a veterinarian can look inside the heart, in the chambers, and visualize the valves. This non-surgical test can rule out or confirm a diagnosis and aid in determining the amount of leakage and the severity of an abnormality.
Our state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment is a tremendous help when obtaining a biopsy or aspirate of an organ so the diagnoses can be made with minimal invasiveness and less pet stress. Abdominal ultrasound simplifies the diagnoses of internal disease by providing doctors with a clear view inside the patient’s stomach, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs.
Some of the common reasons an echocardiogram may be performed are:
- Heart murmurs
- Irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia)
- Labored breathing
- Birth defects
Some of the common reasons an ultrasound of the abdomen may be performed are:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary bladder disease
- Screening for cancer