Diagnostic Imaging

Endoscopy
Endoscopes are small flexible cameras that we are able to carefully insert into various parts of the body that we would not normally be able to examine. These can include the nose, oesophagus, airways, stomach and the large intestine.
This is a very non-invasive way for our vets to be able to investigate problems in these types of areas. In certain circumstances we can use the endoscopes to take biopsies, swabs or even remove foreign bodies.

Radiography (X-rays)
We have several high powered x-ray units that will radiograph anything from a mouse to a great dane! X-rays are very useful for looking at particular parts of the body – namely bones, hearts, lungs and abdominal contents.
Our x-ray machines have special “floating” tables which means once your pet is comfortable, we are able to move the table into different positions, and not keep upsetting your pet.

We can also take and submit x-rays for hip and elbow scoring under the BVA/Kennel Club Schemes.

Ultrasound
Our ultrasound machines are able to look at areas of the body that x-rays are not suitable for – namely soft tissue structures such as abdominal organs. Our vets are able to use ultrasound for procedures such as:

  • Pregnancy diagnosis or birthing difficulties
  • Cardiology investigations
  • Investigation into organ problems – such as liver or kidney disease

Ultrasound is very useful as it is very safe, non-invasive and can often be performed on animals without any sedation or anaesthetic.

CT Scanning

A CT scan, commonly referred to as a ‘CAT Scan’, is an effective method of obtaining cross-sectional images of the inside of your pet’s body. The scanner rotates around your pet, taking images from different angles, and then combines all the data to create a 3D image.

Unlike a plain X-ray, a CT scan can differentiate between different types of soft tissues, such as muscle and blood vessels, and fluid, with great clarity. It is a valuable tool that enables vets to investigate quickly and accurately diagnose a wide array of conditions that may affect your pet.

We have a mobile CT scanner visiting us every two weeks.