Our team performs diagnostic testing when your pet is showing symptoms of illness. Two important tools we may use are ultrasounds and X-rays (radiographs). These types of diagnostics show us pictures of what’s happening inside your pet without performing surgery. X-rays use a safe amount of radiation light that is absorbed when it passes through your pet. When the light is absorbed a snapshot is taken in black and white. Ultrasounds work by applying gel to the area of interest and using a wand to wave over the section. The wand emits sound waves that echo and create images on a computer screen.
What is the difference between ultrasound and X-ray?
Ultrasounds are used to examine soft tissue organs like the heart, liver and kidney. Radiographs allow our veterinary team to see the dense structures in your pet’s body, like their bones and lungs. When we perform diagnostic testing we usually use both tools, so we are able to rule out any condition or sickness not identifiable by the other. To learn more about these diagnostic tools give us a call at 519-971-3100.
Will my pet feel pain during an ultrasound or X-ray?
No. Ultrasounds and X-rays are painless procedures. With radiographs, your pet needs to remain still to get concise pictures so we may sedate them. Ultrasounds cause no discomfort, your pet only feels the gel that we apply to the area.
Why would my pet need an ultrasound or X-ray?
Ultrasounds and X-rays are used to diagnose health conditions your pet may have. Radiographs can detect gallstones, arthritis, broken bones and fractures. Ultrasounds can identify tumours, pregnancies, cysts and fluids.