Radiology or X-ray as it is more commonly known is a vital diagnostic tool and used extensively at Valley Farm. It can be used to diagnose problems with bony tissues such as fractures, joint issues as well as some soft tissue areas such as the lungs and abdomen.
An ultrasound scan is a non-invasive way to look inside of your pet at their organs, it’s a moving image and gives our doctors a huge amount of information. Abdominal scans, heart scans (echocardiography) are performed daily and play an essential role in the diagnosis of many conditions.
Computed Tomography scans are very useful in that we are able to create 2 and 3-D images of soft tissues of the body (lung, heart, blood vessels, abdominal organs etc). They are particularly useful to demarcate cancerous growths in areas such as the nasal passages, mouth, chest and abdomen, and we use them to visualise very small defects in joints e.g. elbow fragmented medial coronoid process (FMCP).
An endoscopic examination is for very specific body areas and conditions so although not performed a daily basis the endoscope is an invaluable tool.
Magneti Resonance Imaging produces detailed images of the organs, soft tissue structures and other parts of the body. In pets it is most commonly used for brain and spinal cord conditions.