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Diagnostic Imaging

Digital Radiography

Our on-site digital XR allows us to make an accurate diagnosis in the event of pathology. Our direct digital system is designed to deliver high contrast, high resolution digital images, as well as the auto detection mode technology allowing XR to be autodetected at the exposure accelerating the process of developing images in a few seconds and reducing the time of the general anaesthetic or sedations for our pets. 

Computed tomography

Computed tomography, commonly known as CT scan, is a very useful technology when looking at some parts of the body such as nose, ears, head, lungs, bones, joints and abdomen. CT is a non-invasive, non-painful exam. The patient is under general anesthesia lays on a table, and they are inserted in a tube. Several images are taken with different angles (360 degree), creating images of the organs in slices and then in 3D.

CT is very helpful for the diagnosis of:

  • Lung diseases (fibrosis, cancer and mass)

  • Cancer metastasis (spreading of the cancer), 

  • Bone cancer, 

  • Nasal cavity diseas​es (cancer vs inflammatory disease) 

  • Spinal or Pelvic Trauma (fracture)

  • Vascular Anomalies (porto-systemic shunts)

  • Orthopedic disease (elbow dysplasia)


CT provides a better and more accurate exam in comparison to XR because this avoids the superimposition of images that occurs with radiology and provides 3D models. 3D models and intravenous injections of iodine contrast increase the differentiation of tissue and allows to have more information about the spatial relationship between different structures.

Dental Radiography

It is an essential tool for the diagnosis and treatment planning of oral conditions. 60% of the tooth lies under the gums, 

XR allows assessment of the tooth, root, and bone. On some occasions, the teeth appear normal, but the XR shows a sever bone loss due to painful periodontal disease. The XR is fundamental for identifying the pathology and therefore the treatment. 


This is a non-invasive, non-painful tool. It could be performed on a non-sedate patient; however sometimes sedation may be required. The tool uses ultrasonic (sound) waves to produce diagnostic images. A probe produces waves and sends them into the body cavity, depending on the tissue texture and type, some of them bounce back to the probe resulting in an image into the screen. 

Abdomen scan: 

  • Liver disease

  • Splenic disease

  • Intestinal disease (mass or foreign body)

  • Urinary tract disease (bladder and kidneys)


Heart scan:

  • Heart size

  • Blood flow

  • Chamber size

  • Contraction of the heart 


However, this can also be used to evaluate other parts of the body such as tendons, lungs, or guided biopsy.

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