At Volunteer Veterinary Hospital, we are continually striving to stay ahead of the curve regarding veterinary medicine. A perfect example of this commitment is the modern technology behind our true digital X-ray and digital ultrasound equipment.
The need for X-rays in veterinary medicine is crucial to pet health as it provides us with a two-dimensional picture of almost any part of the skeletal structure of your pet. X-rays allow us to look at the chest cavity, broken bones, and abdominal area, as well as some foreign objects that have been inadvertently swallowed. And, that’s just to name a few.
Our IDEXX X-ray machine is digital, so it requires no photographic film or lengthy developing process. Seconds is all it takes for us to X-ray your pet and produce the image on to a monitor. The enhanced speed not only cuts down on precious time during emergencies, but also it can reduce the amount of radiation your pet is exposed to. Since digital X-rays do not require film, no harsh chemicals are needed in the processing. Therefore, it makes it safer and greener for the environment.
An additional benefit is that our IDEXX machine is fully integrated with our office software. This provides us the ability to email an X-ray to a veterinary specialist for consultation should the need arise.
When it comes to diagnosing certain conditions within the abdomen, bladder, kidneys, liver, spleen, and heart, there is nothing more effective than the use of an ultrasound machine. Utilizing high frequency sound waves, ultrasound machines allow veterinarians to view soft tissues such as internal organs and abdominal masses, not typically viewable with an X-ray.
At Volunteer Veterinary Hospital, our digital color Doppler ultrasound provides us the luxury of examining the aforementioned areas without the initial use of exploratory surgery. Once a better look inside has been achieved, the veterinarian can assess if exploratory surgery is even necessary.
For more information about our digital X-ray and ultrasound capabilities, or to make an appointment for your pet, we invite you to contact us today.