The Animal Medical Center is equipped with advanced imaging modalities to enable our specialists and emergency clinicians to accurately diagnose and monitor your pet. Our modern digital radiography equipment provides excellent diagnostic quality images, allowing our doctors to provide the best possible evaluation and treatment of patients. With the benefit of a specialist in internal medicine to consult in difficult cases, we can assure prompt and effective treatment for critical and chronic conditions.
Our ultrasound imaging system adds another dimension to our diagnostic capabilities by including color flow Doppler sonography (CFDS), and the latest microconvex scanners and transducers.
We have an advanced digital unit at the Animal Medical Center for taking radiographs (x-rays) of your pet. Radiographs are used to evaluate many orthopedic, abdominal, cardiac and respiratory disorders.
Digital technology allows us to send your pet’s radiographs to your family veterinarian via e-mail or another digital medium.
Endoscopy is the use of fiberoptic instruments to examine and often biopsy certain areas of the body. We most often use our endoscopy equipment to examine the upper portion of the digestive tract (gastroduodenoscopy) and/or the large intestine (colonoscopy).
Such patients may be evaluated because of a history of vomiting, diarrhea, blood in stool, poor appetite and weight loss. Occasionally other areas may require evaluation including the ear canals (otoscopy) or nasal cavity (rhinoscopy).
Anesthesia is needed for endoscopic procedures in dogs and cats. Therefore preanesthetic studies including bloodwork, x-rays and ultrasound may be necessary.
Pets will need to be hospitalized for a day and possibly overnight. A consultation will be scheduled with Dr. Kintzer to discuss the procedure prior to endoscopy being performed.
Ultrasound is a safe imaging modality that uses sound waves to see, measure and assess the internal organs. Ultrasounds are typically scheduled as appointments, but leaving the patient for the day can sometimes be arranged. An ultrasound examination is very useful for evaluating the abdominal organs including the bladder, kidneys, liver, spleen and GI tract in more detail than an x-ray.
The skilled ultrasonographer can evaluate the patient for the presence of an abdominal mass, enlarged lymph nodes or free fluid. The examination itself is essentially without risk and can be accomplished in most cases without sedation or anesthesia, taking about 20-40 minutes.
Patients should be fasted for the procedure if possible and not allowed to urinate just before the study. In select cases an aspirate or biopsy of an abnormal finding may be indicated. In these cases, sedation or brief anesthesia and evaluation of blood clotting times may be required. Ultrasound can be used to image the chest as well. We can look for mass lesions or abnormal accumulations.
The structure and function of the heart can be evaluated (an echocardiogram). Ultrasound is a safe technique for determining if an animal is pregnant. We will use it as early as 28 days after the last breeding date. An estimate of the number of embryos present can be provided.
Fluoroscopy is essentially an x-ray movie which allows the specialist to visualize certain internal structures as they move and function, not just as static images.
The Animal Medical Center of New England has a high-tech C-arm fluoroscopy unit that allows us to perform these specialized high detail radiographic studies. Swallowing disorders and tracheal problems are just two examples of when this modality can be very useful in evaluating the patient.
An echocardiogram is a detailed ultrasound study of the heart, allowing the heart’s structure and function to be evaluated. Patients are often presented because of known or suspected heart disease, assessment of a heart murmur, suspected heart tumors or fluid around the heart or in the chest.
Measurements are made to see if significant cardiac abnormalities are present and if so to help determine the type and severity of the disorder. Such information is critical for formulating a treatment regimen for your pet’s heart condition.
Repeat echocardiograms are scheduled to monitor the heart problem and guide adjustments to the treatment protocol.