Totowa
Animal Hospital

819 Riverview Drive
Totowa, NJ, 07512

Diagnostic Imaging

We perform diagnostic imaging services to supplement prognosis

Medical imaging employs the use of machinery to give photographic representation of abnormalities or injuries. In performing diagnostic imaging, our veterinarian can provide safe, accurate diagnosis and promptly treat the problem.

Reasons for diagnostic imaging:

Assess facial swelling and dental problems

Detect possible bladder infections

Determine the location of broken bones or bone fractures

Evaluate the status of a pet’s pregnancy

Help identify if a pet has heart disease

Help obtain a biopsy sample

Locate foreign bodies that a pet might have swallowed

Types of diagnostic imaging

CT Scan

CT scans provide 3D digital images that give the veterinarian a better view of soft tissues. When compared to other forms of imaging, CT scans depict more precise details.

Digital X-rays

Radiographs (X-rays) are usually the first test administered to evaluate your pet. Our office utilizes digital X-rays because they are more accurate and display a higher contrast. Because of their accuracy, technicians are able to take fewer images resulting in less pet discomfort. Digital X-rays also project less radiation than traditional X-rays, which allows your pet to avoid unnecessary exposure.

Ultrasound

Ultrasounds are another form of 3D imaging. This diagnostic is perfect for pets in sensitive situations (e.g. pregnancy), pets that might be suffering immense pain, or pets who are partially immobile. Ultrasounds are very gentle and are typically used to examine the abdominal region.

EKGs

An EKG allows the physician to monitor heart rate and rhythm, allowing for detection of abnormalities.

What does diagnostic imaging involve?

The process for getting images of your pet depends on what type of diagnostic that is being performed and the size of your pet. For smaller pets, images are often taken with the pet lying down in various positions that allow our veterinarians to examine the problem area.

Pets with a disease or condition often feel increased anxiety and stress. Because of this stress, they can be uncooperative during digital imaging procedures. In these situations, our staff patiently tries to make your pet feel comfortable and guide them to cooperate. If a pet is aggressive or remains unwilling, the veterinarian may opt to mildly sedate your pet while performing diagnostic imaging. Also, for tests that require a pet to be absolutely still, anesthesia is typically administered.

If you have any questions about digital imaging services, please feel free to contact our office.