Digital Radiographic & Sonographic Imaging
Radiographs (x-rays) are the diagnostic modality of choice for a number of problems ranging from broken bones, pneumonia, and swallowed foreign objects.
Radiographs are particularly useful for visualizing and diagnosing orthopedic problems such as bone fractures, hip dysplasia, and arthritic changes in joints.
Contrast medium (dyes) may be used in combination with x-rays, such as for the use of an intestinal contrast study to diagnose a swallowed object.
Ultrasonography is fast becoming one of the most useful diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine and is considered the imaging modality of choice for many diseases and conditions. Ultrasound produces a visual map of the interior of the body and is often a critical tool for to the comprehensive diagnosis of cancer, adrenal disease, liver disease, kidney disease and gastrointestinal problems.
Dr. Dennis has extensive experience and advanced training in the use of high resolution ultrasound. As a Board-Certified Canine and Feline Specialist, she also has a complete understanding of the musculoskeletal system and the biomechanics of her canine and feline patients, which are essential elements to correctly identifying structures using a very high resolution ultrasound machine.
The quality and accuracy of the ultrasound are directly influenced by the skill, training and experience of the sonographer doing the testing. Ultrasound quality is also strongly impacted by the sophistication of the equipment being utilized. At SNVH, our Doctors of Veterinary Medicine have a thorough understanding of the indications and guidelines for ultrasound examinations, and are familiar with how ultrasound complements x-ray imaging and diagnostic procedures.