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Diagnostic Imaging- What It Is And Why It Matters

Diagnostic imaging is the use of medical cameras to map out the ailment your pet is experiencing. Using diagnostic imaging allows the veterinarians at Buena Vet to get a better understanding of the problem your pet faces and create a better action-plan. The doctors here at Buena Vet are highly trained when it comes to the art of diagnostic imaging. Read on to learn more about it!

Why Diagnostic Imaging Is Used

Diagnostic imaging is a great tool to use when swelling blocks the vet from getting a good look at what is bothering your pet. If your pet experiences heavy swelling of the face, it can be difficult for a vet to determine what exactly is causing that swelling. Diagnostic imaging will be used to determine what the possible reason is. This is especially effective when it comes to locating broken bones or objects stuck in the stomach of your pet. Furthermore, diagnostic imaging can be used to determine if your pet is pregnant. A vet may also use diagnostic imaging to determine if your pet has infections in internal organs, heart disease, or for collecting biopsy samples. As you can see, there are countless reasons for using diagnostic imaging!

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Types Of Diagnostic Imaging

CT Scan – CT scans are used only for soft-tissue. CT Scans will produce a 3D model of the body part it’s scanning. CT scans are notable for giving more precise images when compared to other forms of diagnostic imaging.

X-rays – X-rays are by far the most common form of diagnostic imaging. They’re typically the first test run on your pet. X-rays have advanced throughout the ages and Buena Vet only uses the safest and most up-to-date form of X-rays. By using the most modern equipment, our vets are able to get a more precise image and expose your pet to less radiation.

Ultrasound – Ultrasounds are a form of 3D-imaging. It’s usage, however, is quite limited. Ultrasounds are only used in sensitive situations, such as immense pain or pregnancies because they’re very gentle. Ultrasounds are most commonly used on the abdominal area because of how gentle they are.

What Does The Process Look Like?

The process for diagnostic imaging varies greatly depending on the type of imaging being done and the species of animal. The smaller the animal, the easier the process is. A smaller animal will be laid down in different positions to get a variety of images of the body to get a more accurate understanding of the ailment your pet faces. Larger animals will require the machine to be moved, possibly resulting in fewer images.

Pets with a disease or condition may feel discomfort or pain. This, in turn, makes the animal anxious and stressed. Because of this stress, they may be resistant to treatment and not be inclined to working with the vets. In these situations, our staff is trained to react with patience and coax the animal into cooperation. In extreme cases, such as aggression or bursts of violence, your pet may need to be mildly sedated. This is the last resort and is avoided if possible. If a test requires complete stillness, however, an anesthetic will be used on your pet.

Buena Vet- Your First Choice

The staff here at Buena Vet is highly-trained when it comes to diagnostic imaging. We’ve worked with countless animals and are able to react to any situation that befalls us with no issue. Our team works tirelessly to provide you and your pet a smooth experience and understand that the situation can be stressful. Your animal will be taken care of, ensuring that every step of the process guarantees their safety. We will inform you the entire way through and answer any questions that you may have. Our staff is here to make your pet comfortable and ease the stress of a vet visit. Buena Vet is your top-choice for any scenario involving diagnostic imaging!