Advanced Imaging Technology
At Caledon Mountain Veterinary Hospital, we don’t just rely on our expertly trained eyes and hands. Sometimes, it takes more than that to truly understand your pet and their health condition. In order to see what lies beneath the surface, we feature advanced digital imaging technology. With imaging technology, we can better assess your pet’s overall health and therefore provide them with better treatments.
Types of Imaging We Offer
Our technology includes CT scans, digital x-rays, and ultrasound. Each of these has their own special function and purpose and we use them for a variety of reasons.
CT, or computed tomography, scans are useful in obtaining detailed, three-dimensional images of the affected area. It uses essentially the same technology as x-ray but with vastly more detail and precision. We may call for a CT scan for a number of reasons including:
- Evaluating a tumor
- Analyzing whether cancer cells have metastasized
- Diagnosing nasal disease
- Understanding the extent of orthopedic abnormalities (such as hip or elbow dysplasia)
- Creating 3D models to plan for complex orthopedic surgeries
- Examining cases of poly-trauma, where multiple organs or systems are damaged
Digital x-rays are quite the advancement from their predecessors. They emit much less radiation, take less time to produce, and can be easily shared as a digital file between veterinarians and pet owners. Digital x-rays are used for the following:
- Fractures and other orthopedic diseases or abnormalities
- Bladder stones
- Heart, lung, or liver disease
- Intestinal abnormalities
- Stomach issues
- Ingested foreign objects
Ultrasound uses sound waves that bounce off internal structures to create images. It is completely harmless and non-invasive. Typically, we use ultrasound for:
- Evaluating abdominal organs
- Checking for pregnancy
- Observing joint movement
- Examining the heart and blood vessels (also known as an echocardiogram)
Call us to learn more about our advanced imaging procedures or schedule an appointment to consult with your veterinarian about your pet’s options.