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RADIOLOGY & LAB TESTS

Making the correct diagnosis for your pet.

Radiography and Laboratory testing are valuable diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. The most important goal when dealing with a medical concern is to get a diagnosis.

 

As we continually strive to offer the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer radiology and laboratory testing as a means of providing highly accurate diagnoses and care to our patients. RADIOGRAPHY is painless, safe, and completely non-invasive. We have a digital x-ray system which reduces the amount of radiation. A radiograph (sometimes called an x-ray) is a type of photograph that can look inside the body and reveal information that may not be discernable from the outside.

 

Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of the body’s organs. The size of organs is important because some medical conditions—such as kidney, heart, or liver disease—can alter the size of these organs. The shape and position of organs can be altered or distorted by certain medical conditions, including intestinal blockage or cancer. Tumors, depending on their size and location, can also sometimes be detected using radiography. Radiography can also be used to diagnose bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions.

 

LABORATORY TESTING involves collecting blood and urine or other body tissues and having them analyzed. We send most of our samples out to a large, high tech reference lab and most results are back within 24 hours. Blood tests are used to diagnose sick pets but they are also used in the early detection of disease in seemingly healthy pets. Early disease detection can lead to a longer, healthier life and also save money.

 

Diagnostic testing is an important tool that can help us make a correct diagnosis for your pet. Our team is made up of caring, skilled professionals who will provide state-of-the-art care with compassion and expertise.

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