Diagnostic Tests and Imaging
To evaluate your pet’s internal systems and reveal hidden problems, we will need to perform diagnostics to create a comprehensive health profile and begin treatment. Our team is wholly dedicated to making the most accurate and timely diagnosis possible for every patient and giving their owners the answers they deserve. At Yorkville Animal Hospital, we offer a full array of diagnostic tools, including digital X-ray, ultrasound, laboratory tests and echocardiography (ECG).
It is important to us that you and your pet have options when it comes to our diagnostics, because additional testing may be needed to find a solution. See below to learn more about our state-of-the-art equipment, and how it can help us treat your pet.
Radiography, or X-ray, is an imaging tool that uses small amounts of radiation to produce an image of the bones and internal organs. Digital X-ray uses less radiation than traditional X-ray, and is a much quicker process. This means your pet is not only exposed to less radiation; they can also spend less time in the imaging room. X-ray procedures are painless and allow us to view the skeletal system, heart and abdominal organs. We can also detect bone fractures, growths and foreign bodies with this approach.
We also offer dental X-ray to evaluate the teeth, the surrounding bones, and all areas below the gum line.
Ultrasound provides us with a moving, real-time image of the internal organs. The handheld device emits sound waves that penetrate the soft tissues and bounce off the internal organs. The resulting echoes produce the image for us to review. Ultrasound is completely painless and noninvasive, and allows us to detect pregnancies, cysts, tumors and bladder stones.
In-House Lab Testing
When time is of the essence, we can run blood tests with our in-house lab equipment for quicker results. These include the heartworm test, blood glucose, complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry and more.
With echocardiography (ECG), we can measure the electrical impulses of your pet’s heart and check for any signs of a problem, which may include an enlarged heart or arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). The procedure involves attaching electrodes, which we connect to the ECG machine, to the chest and limbs.