We use diagnostic equipment to investigate conditions which aren’t always evident during a clinical examination.
Buckhurst Hill has a range of facilities including the latest x-ray and ultrasound procedures. Romford also has a digital x-ray service. We use self-employed vet Andrew Holloway, formerly of the Animal Health Trust, for more complex ultrasounds such as heart tumours, grass seeds in bladders and the detection of other foreign bodies.
Both x-rays and ultrasound are examples of medical imaging. They are painless and non-invasive.
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and is a useful tool for imaging soft tissue such as the liver, bladder, heart and kidneys.
Our team will use an ultrasound probe, which sends out pulses of very high frequency sound, which penetrate the body’s tissues. Some of the sound waves are reflected when they meet an internal surface. The probe measures these reflected waves to create an image on screen.
X-rays on the other hand produce images of the inside of the body and are an effective way of looking at bones as well as some soft tissue. Animals must be anaesthetised or sedated to prevent movement during the procedure to avoid a blurred image.
The digital process allows for rapid results