Ultrasound and X-ray Services

Non-invasive diagnostic tools providing valuable insight in minutes.

When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your dog or cat, we routinely use diagnostic tools, like X-rays and ultrasounds, to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible issues, or provide a list of possible causes. We sometimes use diagnostic tools during a routine wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.

What type of X-ray technology do you use?

We offer digital radiology, which are X-rays captured digitally rather than on film. This technology allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your dog or cat. Plus, it uses less radiation than traditional X-rays. We utilize the resources of Ottawa’s leading veterinary ultrasonographer with whom we have a strong, trusting relationship. To avoid a blurry image, your dog or cat needs to remain completely still while an X-ray is taken. In some cases, we may need to sedate them or use short-acting general anesthesia. X-rays provide valuable information about your dog or cat:

  • Bones
  • Gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon)
  • Respiratory tract (lungs)
  • Heart
  • Genitourinary system (bladder, prostate).

Are ultrasound procedures invasive?

Ultrasonography (also called ultrasound or sonography) is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine your dog or cat’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumours, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy. Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects, and doesn’t typically require dogs or cats to be sedated or anesthetized. The hair in the area to be examined usually needs to be shaved so the ultrasonographer can obtain a good result.

How are ultrasounds performed?

The ultrasonographer applies gel to the surface of the body and then methodically moves a transducer (a small handheld tool) across the skin to record images of the area of interest. The gel helps the transducer slide more easily and creates a more accurate visual image. The transducer emits ultrasonic sound waves, which are directed into the body toward the structures to be examined. The waves create echoes of varying degrees depending on the density of the tissue and the amount of fluid present. Those waves create detailed images of the structures, which are shown on a monitor and recorded for evaluation. If you have questions about diagnostic testing, please contact us at 613-247-0013.

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