Imaging

Southern Tablelands Veterinary Hospital is fully equipped to take x-rays and ultrasounds.

We have modern x-ray equipment which is now digital meaning a more accurate and rapid picture of the injury or disease can be taken and allowing for transfer of the images to specialist veterinarians.

X-rays allow us to diagnose a range of injuries and disease. X-rays give us an image of not only bones but also of soft tissue including heart and abdominal organs. With x-ray imaging we can diagnose many injuries and disease conditions including fractures of bones, joint dislocations, arthritis, bone tumours, heart and lung disease, intestinal obstructions and abdominal abnormalities. For imaging of the spinal cord and brain usually advanced imaging is required through Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI or Catscans can be organised through referral to other specialist centres.

Most pets who undergo an x-ray will need a general anaesthetic or sedation to enable us to get the best quality x-rays. The pet generally will be admitted only for the day unless urgent treatment is needed.

At discharge the x-rays taken of the pet will be shown and any findings explained.

We also have the ability to perform ultrasounds. This allows further imaging of soft tissues like the liver, kidneys, intestinal tract and other organs of the abdomen. It is often complimentary to radiographs and so may be recommended in conjunction with radiographs. We do not use ultrasound to determine litter size or foetal abnormalities.

Ultrasounds are generally painless and most are performed with no general anaesthesia, occasionally with mild sedation. Pets will need to be starved before the procedure as food in the intestine will affect the image.