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.
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-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
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
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