Ultrasound and X-ray

Non-invasive procedures to detect abnormalities within the internal organs.

Ultrasound and X-ray are common procedures used in diagnosing pet medical issues. Both are pain free, non-invasive procedures that show the internal organs and structures inside your pet. Our hospital is well equipped to perform ultrasound examinations and X-ray service all under one roof. Ultrasound can be used to evaluate your pet’s gallbladder, liver, kidney, heart. It can also confirm or detect pregnancy, tumours, abscesses, fluids and cysts. Radiographs are used to check for chronic arthritis, gallstones, spinal cord disease and many more. Call us at 604-858-6560 to find out if your pet needs ultrasound or X-ray services.

How does ultrasound and X-ray work in pets?

The procedure uses sound to examine your pet’s internal organs. The Ultrasonographer applies gel and then moves a handheld tool called a transducer over areas of interest. The transducer emits sounds waves which are directed at the areas of interest in the body. The waves echo and create detailed images which are shown on the monitor.

Radiographs (X-rays) involve exposing your pet to a small amount of radiation and taking images of the rays as they pass through their body. The radiation dose is very small and the procedure is completely safe. X-rays are used to examine your pets’ bones and joints.

What technology is used for ultrasound and X-ray services?

Valley Veterinary Services is fully capable of providing digital radiographs in addition to ultrasound with the most advanced equipment. Understanding ultrasound and X-ray images requires great skill, which we can proudly say our veterinarians possess. Our very own Dr. Mark Steinebach has undergone extensive ultrasound training. He is an expert in diagnosing challenging issues.

Does my pet need special preparation for an ultrasound or X-ray?

On the day of the examination, do not feed your pet in the morning. Our veterinarians also recommend shaving the hair from the area that needs to be examined. Shaving the hair on that particular area provides better results. Usually, your pet does not need to be sedated or given anesthesia during the scanning process.

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