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Medical Imaging Service

Medical imaging refers to different techniques, including X-rays, ultrasounds and endoscopy. These types of tests are used when the veterinarian suspects a problem with your pet’s internal organs or bones.

What are X-rays used for?

X-rays provide an image of the internal parts of an animal’s body, such as bones and organs. They are used to diagnose fractures, osteoarthritis, the presence of a foreign body, masses, cancer and heart or lung problems.

What are ultrasounds used for?

Ultrasounds are similar to X-rays in that they show the internal organs of animals, but unlike X-rays, which provide a fixed image, ultrasounds actually film the organs. They are used to monitor a pregnancy and diagnose problems with internal organs, such as the bladder, uterus, kidneys, stomach, intestines, liver, heart, lungs and thyroid gland.

What is endoscopy used for?

Endoscopy is used to examine parts of the body that are difficult to see with X-rays and ultrasounds. The procedure is minimally invasive. Endoscopy is very useful when examining very small cats and dogs.

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