Ultrasonography, radiography (x-rays) and endoscopy are all available at the practice to allow our vets the opportunity to view inside the body of your pet without using surgery. These non-invasive techniques can be used to diagnose a great many conditions and of course are much kinder to your pet.
Here the vet uses an ultrasound probe over your pet's body. This creates an image on a moitor that allows the vet to see inside your pet. This is particularly useful for looking at small areas of soft tissue such as the body organs. As the image created is moving and viewed in real time, the vet can see, for example, the heart as it beats.
Ultrasound examinations are pain-free and can usually be performed without sedation or anaesthesia, depending on the condition and the temperament of the animal. In order for this to be performed, the vet will need to shave an area of fur to allow good contact between the probe and your pet's body.
This technique uses x-rays to create an image of the inside of your pet. Although it is a pain-free technique, it is very important that your pet remains completely motionless in whichever positions we need to place them. For this reason we usually need to sedate or anaesthetise your pet.
In order to keep anaesthetics as short as possible, and to allow the highest quality images to be reduced, the practice uses digital radiography. This means the image is produced on a computer screen within seconds. Digital radiography also has the added advantage that we can email the image to specialist cosultants for immediate further diagnosis if this is required.
An endoscope is a long tube-like piece of equipment with a camera at the end. It can be inserted into your pet e.g. via the mouth, and enables the vet to view areas inside your pet, such as the stomach or lungs.
Although not painful, endoscopy may be a little uncomfortable, and it is important that the animal does not bite down on an endoscope placed in the mouth. For this reason, sedation or anaesthesia is always used for endoscopic procedures.