Diagnostics Happy, Healthy Pets Since 1992

Manassas Veterinary Diagnostics

Investigating Your Pet’s Health

At Independent Hill Veterinary Clinic, we use a variety of tools to help us diagnose your pet when they’re not feeling their best. As an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited animal hospital, our Manassas veterinarians have the latest diagnostic technologies at their fingertips to help us figure out what is ailing your pet.

Combined with our laboratory testing, radiology is an important tool in monitoring your pet’s health. We are able to use both x-ray and ultrasound imaging to help us better understand your pet’s ailments. Typically, our team will begin with a physical exam of your pet and move on to laboratory testing or radiological imaging to get more details on your pet’s condition. These tools help us see beyond your pet’s fur and get a closer look at their health.

Call (703) 546-9098 or contact us online to learn more about the diagnostic services available at Independent Hill Veterinary Clinic.


X-rays and ultrasounds are two different forms of radiological imaging that allow us to see beyond your pet’s fur and get a look at your pet’s internal systems. Ultimately, the biggest difference between the two types of radiological imaging is what these technologies can see: x-rays are able to produce images of the solid or dense parts of your pet’s body, such as the musculoskeletal system. Ultrasounds, on the other hand, are only able to image the soft tissues of your pet’s body, like organs and the cardiovascular system.

Importantly, both x-ray imaging and ultrasound imaging are completely non-invasive and pain-free, which means we get a close look at your pet’s health without taking any extreme measures.

X-Ray Imaging

X-rays are a form of radiological imaging that produces still images of bones and muscles through the use of electromagnetic radiation. Traditionally, these images were developed on film, but we are able to produce digital images with greater clarity. Because x-rays produce still images, we may need to sedate your pet in order to get them to lie still for a clear picture. Regardless, the imaging process is non-invasive and pain-free.

We use x-rays for:

  • Clear images of bones and organs
  • Diagnosing traumatic injuries
  • Monitoring broken bones
  • Finding foreign objects
  • Identifying tumors

Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasounds are a form of radiological imaging that produce real-time images of soft tissues using high frequency soundwaves. These moving images can be printed or viewed on a computer screen. Unlike x-rays, ultrasounds do not use radiation to produce these images, so ultrasounds are safe to use on pregnant pets and other delicate tissues.

We use ultrasounds for:

  • Examining the heart
  • Inspecting lumps or masses
  • Monitoring pregnancy
  • Diagnosing possible organ damage

If you think your pet might need some form of radiological imaging, please call (703) 546-9098 or contact us online for more information.

Pawsatively Raving Reviews

  • We are treated just as if we were part of the regular Independent Hill "family".

    “I love the relaxed atmosphere and everyone is friendly and very helpful. My regular vet is 5 minutes from my house, but I bring my 2-year-old Golden Retriever in for chiropractic care with Dr McFaddin.”

    - Donna
  • We are grateful for the care and empathy.

    “My dog Bailey was diagnosed after adoption with heartworm disease. We have had a wonderful experience with Independent Hill and are so grateful for the care and empathy shown towards Bailey and our family as we have had to make tough decisions.”

    - Laura
  • We would recommend them in a heartbeat!

    “We have taken a few of our cats to Independent Hill Vets and have been happy with the service we received. All the staff are very attentive to both us and our pets. We would recommend them in a heartbeat!”

    - Megan
  • Great service, no complaints

    “We’ve had several dogs over the years, and Independent Hill has been their Vet. Great service, no complaints.”

    - Merlyn
  • Highly recommended!

    “We’ve been bringing our pets here for over 15 years and wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. My mom moved to Fairfax and she still drives down to Independent Hill if that says anything. The staff has always been extremely caring...”

    - Luke

Why Choose Us?

  • Wide Variety of Veterinary Techniques Offered
  • Friendly and Welcoming Atmosphere
  • Treating Pets Like Family Since 1992
  • Committed to Providing High-Quality Care
We Put Pets First

Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!