Imaging and Radiology

Various imaging techniques enable our doctors to view the internal organs and structures of your pet without performing exploratory surgery. These newer imaging techniques enable us to make more accurate diagnoses and more specifically tailor the treatment for the disease or condition.  As a result, your pets can live longer and healthier lives.  Full-service digital radiographic imaging (x-ray) procedures are offered at Springfield Veterinary Center.

Survey Radiographs

Radiography is very helpful in displaying different tissue densities. This is how disorders such as broken bones, pneumonia or swallowed foreign bodies can be found. Sometimes, contrast medium (dyes) are used in combination with x-rays for further differentiation of tissues.

For example, if an animal suffers a potential spinal cord injury, survey radiographs would be the quickest and least expensive way of assessing the spinal column (bones) for obvious fractures and displacements.

 

Contrast Studies

  • IVP
  • Single and Doubles Contrast Cystograms
  • Barium Series

Full OFA and PENN Hip procedures

Writeup Courtesy of PennHIP.com:

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Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) afflicts millions of dogs each year and can result in debilitating osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip. It is estimated that more than 50% of the most popular large breed dogs will show x-ray evidence of CHD. Many will suffer from osteoarthritis, pain, and lameness, costing owners and breeders millions of dollars in veterinary care, shortened work longevity, and reduced performance.

PennHIP (University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program) is a not-for-profit program, wholly owned and operated, by the University of Pennsylvania. It consists of 3 integral components:

  • An evidence-based radiographic technology to accurately screen canine hips for the susceptibility to OA
  • A worldwide network of trained veterinarians to perform the procedure with competence
  • A database maintained at the University of Pennsylvania designed to accumulate and report on breed-specific trends in OA and hip dysplasia control

PennHIP’s mission is to develop and apply evidence based technology to direct appropriate breeding strategies aimed at reducing in frequency and severity the osteoarthritis of canine hip dysplasia. The beneficiaries of this effort will be the many dogs who suffer with this controllable genetic disease and, of course, the dogs’ owners.

PennHIP incorporates a new method for evaluating the integrity of the canine hip. It is accurate in puppies as young as 16 weeks of age. It has great potential to lower the frequency of CHD when used as a selection criterion.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound offers a non-invasive, gentle method for the diagnosis and staging of many conditions and diseases. It allows us to visualize the internal status of many organs. Nodules, masses, cysts and abscesses can not only be seen, but counted and measured as well. Many organs that are difficult to see on x-ray alone are easily visualized with ultrasound.

Prepping for this procedure is a quick clipping of the hair overlying the area to be scanned. The entire scanning process takes 30-40 minutes and is entirely non-invasive.

Ultrasound is a very important tool, allowing an earlier diagnosis for many conditions, which in turn can give your pet a better chance for successful treatment.

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