Radiography and Imaging
Diagnostic imaging is the most effective tool available in determining your pet’s condition, hence why we utilise state-of-the-art imaging equipment in our Rosebery hospital. Our specialist radiologists are trained in the latest veterinary technology, investigating and documenting your pet’s condition and using this to form an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Below, you’ll find a brief explanation of the types of diagnostic imaging we use at Sydney Veterinary Emergency & Specialists.
Radiography (x-ray) is one of the most common forms of imaging used in diagnosing animal ailments. X-rays can distinguish between fat, water, bone, and metal to allow us to diagnose fractures, tumours, heart and lung problems, and some cancers.
Depending on your pet and the body part requiring an x-ray, animals will usually need to be gently held still or restrained while conscious. The amount of radiation your pet receives during the x-ray will be minimal and will not cause any harm.
In ultrasonography, high-frequency sound waves are used to obtain more detailed and narrowly focused images of internal structures. Ultrasound is used to detect issues with soft tissue structures, usually a major organ or large blood vessels. This type of imaging can also provide ‘real-time’ visuals to monitor movement so it’s great for guiding cell collection for biopsies.
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses x-rays to take detailed pictures of sections of the body or internal structures. A CT scan can show every type of body structure at once, including bone, blood vessels and soft tissue. The process involves taking multiple x-rays across the body which can then be then digitally combined into a 3-dimensional image. For this type of scan, absolute stillness is essential so pets typically receive a short-acting sedation or general anaesthetic.
Magnetic resonance imaging uses a magnetic field and radio waves to take pictures of internal soft tissue structures, such as organs and muscles, that won’t show up on x-rays. Due to the excellent detail that MRI scans can provide, they are a preferred imaging method in the diagnosis of brain and spinal cord issues. MRI in animals requires anaesthesia as it requires complete immobility and has a longer duration than the aforementioned techniques.
If your pet is unwell then we can help – call us now on 02 9197 5800 to discuss diagnostic imaging and get your pet on the path to recovery.