Radiology At VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital, we provide digital radiology services to accurately diagnose and treat many medical conditions, allowing Dr. Avgeris to visualize the problem quickly and efficiently.
Radiology is the use of ionizing radiation (x-rays) to produce an image of an internal body structure. Radiographs provide an overall impression of the body architecture and allow evaluation of internal organs as well as fluid and gas abnormalities.
With digital radiology, we are able to create high quality images that can be adjusted to better serve the patient, which results in quicker interpretation and effective medical therapies. Digital imaging also allows our staff to provide your primary veterinarian permanent records of your pet.
With the internal medicine team, contrast radiography is also available. Procedures include excretory urethrograms, myelograms, and bladder contrast studies.
Ultrasound Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to look at organs and structures inside the body. Ultrasonography offers a non-invasive, non-painful method for the diagnosis and staging of many diseases as well as provide an excellent tool to study the organs and tissues in the abdominal cavity. Ultrasound may be used to evaluate the architecture of the structures in the abdomen, including the liver, spleen, kidneys, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, stomach, pancreas, intestinal tract and prostate or uterus and ovaries. It is also helpful in evaluating for enlarged lymph nodes, abdominal blood vessels or other abnormalities in the tissues. Ultrasound is also helpful in evaluating other soft tissue structures, such as masses, the thyroid glands as well as portions of the thorax, including functionality of the heart (echocardiography).
The typical ultrasound examination requires no tranquilization or anesthesia and is easily performed on awake animals. Prior fasting or water withholding is NOT required, but an empty stomach is helpful. The only patient preparation necessary is clipping of the hair overlying the area to be scanned (the ultrasound will not penetrate through air that gets trapped in the hair) and placing coupling lotion on the skin surface just prior to the exam process. The entire scanning process usually takes less than 30-40 minute. Images are displayed on the monitor of the ultrasound machine and are interpreted during the scan, so there is no delay in obtaining the results.
Although ultrasound capability is now offered in many general small animal clinics, many cases require the animal to be scanned (or re-scanned) by a specialist with training in ultrasonography. In addition, there are often questionable findings or the diagnosis is not "clear-cut" and a second opinion is in the best interest of the patient.
Ultrasound can also offer a method of obtaining tissues samples (see section below). Doppler ultrasound can also be used during any ultrasound study to evaluate blood flow in organs, tissues and structures.
Ultrasound Guided Tissue Sampling Ultrasound offers a method of obtaining fine needle aspirates or biopsies of tissues or organs, which our specialist can use ultrasound to guide the needle into the specific area of interest and obtain samples for this specific region. Most tissue aspirates can be performed in an awake patient, but some may require sedation (depending on individual patient).
Procedures Include: Abdominal and Thoracic Ultrasound Soft Tissue Ultrasound Portosystemic stunt evaluation Ultrasound guided biopsies and aspirates Ultrasound guided thoracentesis and adominocentesis Echocardiography