Diagnostics and Imaging

Imaging facilities at Oak Vets

 

Radiography

involves making radiographs using X-rays.  It is one of the oldest and most frequently used diagnostic tools in veterinary practice, and ours is no exception.  We have recently installed a state-of-the-art digital x-ray system, enabling faster and clearer radiographs.

Ultrasound

uses high-frequency sound waves to examine the internal structures of the body.  It produces a different range of information to radiography, and the two often complement each other as diagnostics tools.  We have also just upgraded out ultrasound machine to include colour and doppler, giving us much better images of the heart and other structures.

ECG (Electrocardiography)

is an image of the electrical activity of the heart.  The impulses generated when the heart contracts are collected by electrodes on the limbs, and displayed as a paper trace.  ECG is mostly used in the diagnosis of arrhythmias (disturbances of the heart’s normal rhythm), though may also be used to detect changes in heart shape and size, as well as electrolyte disturbances.

Endoscopy

is the use of fibre-optic ‘magic eyes’ to look into various body areas, such as the nose and throat, oesophagus, stomach and parts of the intestinal tract.  Using the endoscopes we can visualise areas of abnormality and biopsy if required.  It is also possible to retrieve foreign objects from parts of the gastrointestinal tract or upper respiratory tract.

Blood Pressure Measurement

can be a useful too to indicate high blood pressure associated with many diseases common in our pets, such as kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, Cushings syndrome, Diabetes Mellitus, liver disease and obesity.  Is is usually a very simple procedure, in a compliant patient.

Tonometry

is the measurement of pressure changes in animal’s eyes, using our state-of-the-art Tonopen.  This is useful for diagnosing glaucoma and uveitis.