Ultrasound and X-ray for Pets

Imaging diagnostics to detect problems within a patient’s internal organs.

At our hospital, we are proud to offer a wide variety of diagnostics performed in-house. Ultrasonography and radiology are tools that help us understand your pet's overall well-being. Our veterinary care team has been specially trained to use these diagnostic tools so they can accurately diagnose your pet. To learn more about our diagnostic services, contact us at 905-844-3331.

How are ultrasounds used in animal care?

Ultrasonography or ultrasound, is an imaging technique similar to radiography (X-rays). It is usually used in conjunction with radiography and other diagnostic measures. It allows visualization of the deep structures of the body. Veterinarians use the tool for a variety of purposes including examination of the animal's heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder, etc. It can also be used to

  • Determine pregnancy and monitor an ongoing pregnancy
  • Detect fluid, cysts, tumours, or abscesses.

During ultrasounds, gel is applied to the surface of the body to glide the transducer, which is a small handheld tool that emits soundwaves. The waves will bounce off various organs at different degrees based on the density of the tissues and or the amount of fluid present. The sounds are then fed back through the transducer and are reflected on a viewing monitor. Ultrasound is a painless procedure with no known side effects. It does not involve radiation.

What are X-rays?

When a pet is being radiographed, an X-ray beam passes through its body and hits a piece of radiographic film. Images on the film appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal. Bones, which absorb more X-rays, appear as light gray structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer X-rays and appear as dark gray structures. To get clear images, your pet may be sedated to keep them still. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.

Why are X-rays necessary? 

Radiology (X-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet's bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet's condition, identify the exact cause of a problem, or rule out possible problems.

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