Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time internal image of an animal’s body, giving us important information about the circulatory, skeletal, and gastrointestinal systems.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like radiographs (X-rays), ultrasounds can help identify disease, blockages, skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, and other internal injuries. We utilize ultrasounds for:
- Full or targeted abdominal scans
- Echocardiogram and thoracic (chest) ultrasounds
- Ultrasound-guided biopsy and aspirated sample collections
- Pregnancy checks
Echo #1: Patient with congestive heart failure
Echo #2: Patient with congestive heart failure
CT Scan—High Definition 3D Volumetric Imaging (HDVI)
For the health of your pet, our hospital invests in state-of-the-art imaging, including the Vimago™ imaging platform. Vimago™ provides better imaging on all animals—dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and many other exotics compared to traditional CT scans.
Vimago™ employs HDVI™ technology, which produces incredibly detailed, 3D images of your pet’s anatomy. It also has onboard digital radiography and fluoroscopy, which allows us to create real-time, moving x-ray images that help better enable diagnoses and aid us with surgical outcomes.
This system uses considerably less radiation than other devices, with decreased radiation exposure time compared to other imaging techniques. Vimago™ Imaging is recommended for:
- Tumor identification and assessment
- Neck and back disc problems and injuries
- Foreign bodies
- Discovering abnormalities anywhere in the body
- To assist in surgical planning
Diagnostic fluoroscopy may be used for: coughing, swallow studies, shunts, collapsing tracheas, and more. Interventional Fluoroscopy may be used for biopsies, endoscopy, and more.
Click here to see a CT of a rabbit, which is actually the best way to check their teeth – specifically teeth rot issues.
Scan and 3D Reconstruction with the Vimago HDVI-CT of a puppy with a congenital heart defect called PDA (Persistent Ductus Arteriosus)
HDVI-CT Fluoroscopy of the puppy with a congenital heart defect called PDA (Persistent Ductus Arteriosus)
3D image #1 of soft tissue reconstruction for Star, a Tegu lizard
3D image #2 of soft tissue reconstruction for Star, a Tegu lizard
3D image #1 of skull reconstruction for Star, a Tegu lizard
3D image #2 of skull reconstruction for Star, a Tegu lizard
Digatherm: Digital Thermal Imaging
Digatherm allows us to see the pain so we can treat the pain. Thermographic imaging is very beneficial in helping ascertain where an animal is hurting and often leads to early detection of many disorders before they become an issue i.e. arthritis. Another benefit of the Digatherm is that it assists in monitoring a pet’s response to therapy.
As you can see from the images below, Digatherm was able to showcase Juvenile Hip Dysplasia and inflammation in the dog’s leg. Ask your AMC Corona veterinarian about Digatherm and how it can help your pet!
Juvenile Hip Dysplasia
Inflammation in the leg