Advanced Digital Imaging: Radiology, Ultrasound, PennHIP Evaluations
Understanding the importance of fast and accurate diagnosis, All Pets Animal Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Our digital X-ray machine and digital ultrasound provide noninvasive diagnostic tools that can save precious time as well as expense when dealing with critical situations.
Our digital X-ray and ultrasound images can be instantly shared with specialists via the Internet (telemedicine). This greatly enhances patient care; for example, when emergencies come in the middle of the night and a patient is experiencing coughing and lung patterns are difficult to read, we need to turn to the board-certified radiologists to get the best assessment. Telemedicine brings the specialist into the practice, saving our patients time and enabling us to reach a diagnosis and begin appropriate treatment very quickly, which can be lifesaving.
Digital X-rays provide our veterinarians with much more accurate and detailed imaging that can be stored in the patient’s electronic medical record indefinitely and easily shared anywhere via the Internet instantaneously. Also, digital radiology is much faster because there is no developing time, which results in less physical restraint of the pet or sedation if needed.
Digital ultrasound technology is quickly becoming the new stethoscope. Its ability to instantly and noninvasively reveal the internal structures or organs enhances the information obtained from radiographs. This allows our doctors to keep costs down for pet owners while either pinpointing a diagnosis or gaining the correct direction to proceed in treating a pet.
Our veterinarians have participated in advanced training to use ultrasound technology, and our patients have greatly benefited. Ultrasound is used in both emergency and routine examinations. Some common uses include:
- Emergency scanning of the chest and abdomen for obvious problems in critical pets
- Pregnancy screening
- Checking for internal bleeding
- Cancer screening
- Checking heart function (echocardiography)
- Examining the internal structure of the liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidneys, stomach and intestines, internal lymph nodes, adrenal glands, reproductive organs, and urinary bladder
PennHIP Evaluations: Effective and Accurate Screening of Dogs for Hip Dysplasia
Dr. Choyce is trained and certified by the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine to perform PennHIP radiograph evaluations of the hips to determine a dog’s risk of having hip dysplasia. More information can be obtained from PennHIP.
The obvious contrast in joint laxity between the distraction and hip-extended views demonstrates the fundamental difference between the two radiographs. The looser the joint on the distraction view, the greater the chance that the hip will develop OA. The hip-extended view tends to mask true hip joint laxity because the joint capsule is wound up into a tightened orientation when the hips are extended. This explains why measurable joint laxity on the distraction view is always greater than the measurable laxity from the hip-extended view. In fact, distraction laxity is up to 11 times greater depending on the breed of dog under study.
The veterinarians at All Pets Animal Hospital will partner with you to determine the best diagnostic and treatment options for your pet’s specific condition, and you are always welcomed to contact us with your questions.