Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

Town & Country Animal Hospital provides an array of diagnostic imaging services all designed to ensure fast, safe and accurate diagnosis of any medical condition as well as to assist with certain medical procedures.

Pet X-Rays

Veterinary Diagnostic ImagingRadiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical problems. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect cancerous tumors, diagnose heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making surgery easier for your pet-and your veterinarian.

Town & Country Animal Hospital has the latest in digital radiography which allows us to quickly take and evaluate high-resolution X-ray images. Digital radiography also means we are able to send images over a private network for further review by a specialist when necessary. For this purpose we have developed close working relationships with Miami Veterinary Specialists and Southeast Veterinary Referral Center.

Veterinary Ultrasound

Town & Country Animal Hospital uses modern ultrasound technologies and is up-to-date on the latest ultrasound assisted procedures. In complex cases, we can also deliver these images via a private network to a specialist for timely and highly reliable second opinions.

Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet's internal organs. Often considered more exact than radiographs (X-rays), ultrasound provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet's body. Additionally, unlike X-rays, diagnostic ultrasound does not use harmful ionizing radiation and there are no known health risks associated with its use.

It is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs and evaluating heart functions, the bladder and other areas such as the thyroid, testicles and mammary glands. Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion on your pet, an ultrasound can determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet's body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

During a routine abdominal scan, your doctor will evaluate internal organs and systems such as:

Veterinary Diagnostic ImagingAbdominal Aorta - This is a large blood vessel (artery) that passes down the back of the chest and abdomen to supply blood to the lower part of the body and legs.

Liver - This is a large, dome-shaped organ that lies under the ribcage on the right side of the abdomen. The liver produces bile for digesting fat, stores sugars, and breaks down many of the body's waste products.

Gallbladder - This is a sac-like organ beneath the liver. The gallbladder stores bile so that when food is eaten the gallbladder contracts to send bile to the intestine to breakdown and absorb fats.

Spleen - A soft, flat, elongated organ, the spleen helps fight infection and filters old red blood cells. The spleen is located to the left of the stomach, just behind the lower left ribs.

Pancreas - Located in the upper abdomen, the pancreas is a gland that produces enzymes to help digest food. The digestive enzymes are then released into the intestines. The pancreas also releases insulin into the bloodstream, which helps the body utilize sugars for energy.

Kidneys - These are bean-shaped organs located on either side of the upper abdominal cavity. They remove wastes from the blood and produce urine.

Adrenal Glands - These are adjacent to the kidneys and produce several hormones that are essential for your pet's well-being. Adrenal tumors can often be missed by X-rays, but can be detected by ultrasound relatively easily.

Urinary Bladder - This is a common location for the formation of tumors. Ultrasound allows for early detection and treatment, which greatly improves your pet's chances of survival.

Fetal Ultrasound - Using ultrasound to look into the womb provides an early glimpse of your pet's developing puppies. This procedure is typically performed between 21 to 30 days of pregnancy in order to determine how a pregnancy is progressing and detect certain types of birth defects.