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Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospitals (VESH)

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Diagnostic Imaging

Veterinary diagnostic imaging at VESH

VESH is proud to be the only facility in the area with advanced CT imaging capabilities! Equipped with the most innovative veterinary diagnostic technology, including a cutting-edge CT machine, our hospital can accurately identify your pet’s specific health issues, along with any related problems. All CT scans are interpreted by a board certified radiologist. If another veterinarian has referred you to our hospital for imaging services, book an appointment below.

The VESH team can run a variety of different tests and procedures that may shed light on the health problem your pet is dealing with. We stay on the forefront of a constantly advancing field of veterinary medicine. Our facility is equipped with top-of-the-line technologies to best serve you and your pet.

Please reach out to your regular veterinarian about making a referral to VESH should further diagnostics be required.

Imaging Technology at VESH

  • In-house lab tests:

    • Chemistry

    • Complete blood count

    • Coagulation profiles

    • Urinalysis

    • Blood typing

    • Cross matching

    • Ethylene glycol

  • Lactate measurement

  • End tidal carbon dioxide monitoring

  • Digital radiography (x-rays)

  • Industry-leading Canon Xario™ 200 Platinum Series ultrasound machine

  • Endoscopic procedures

    • GI endoscopy

    • Colonoscopy

    • Rhinoscopy

    • Bronchoscopy

    • Cystoscopy

  • Contrast studies (bladder and back)

  • Fine needle aspirates

  • Biopsy

  • Laparoscopic biopsy

  • EKG

Staff on computer

Common Problems We Diagnose

The following list, while not exhaustive, details issues that our specialty team can aid in identifying.

  • Broken bones: X-rays and other tests can identify any fractures or breaks affecting an animal. 

  • Cancer: Diagnostic imaging can determine the location and severity of tumors and masses. 

  • Heart disease: The heart’s health can be monitored by tests that show its size and function.

  • Respiratory illness: Some procedures can show any issues, fluids, or abnormalities in the lungs and airways of an animal. 

  • Pregnancy: Ultrasounds are useful in tracking the mother and babies.

Advanced CT Imaging Maching

Advanced CT Imaging at VESH

VESH recently installed a new 32 slice axial tomography scanner, commonly referred to as a “CT” or “CAT scan”. This scanner utilizes a rotating beam of x-rays to capture and create highly detailed three-dimensional images of any region of the body. Veterinarians can then view these images in different windows and planes to gather precise information about the disease process they are investigating.  CT has wide applications in orthopedics, internal medicine, and oncology.  It is especially well suited to examine the head, chest, bones, abdomen, and pelvis. A CT scan can tell a surgeon if a certain mass is invasive. It can also help ER doctors assess for trauma and is also the preferred imaging modality for large dog abdomens where ultrasound would be limited.  

A CT scan is much more sensitive and detailed compared to plain x-rays so abnormalities that would be missed on an X-ray are readily visible with CT. The newer technology also means that our scanner can complete scans in a matter of seconds, thus minimizing time in the gantry and yielding quick results. 

CT Machine at VESH

CT Is Most Useful For:

  • Trauma (thoracic or abdominal trauma, severe dyspnea)

  • Lung disorders (bronchial disease, thromboembolic disease, lung lobe torsion)

  • Tissue abnormalities (masses, metastases detection, vascular abnormalities)

  • Neurologic disorders (IVDD, space occupying masses, neoplasia)

  • Nasal diseases in cats and dogs with chronic nasal discharge (neoplasia, fungal, foreign body)

  • Orthopedic abnormalities (elbow and hip dysplasia, neoplasia, fracture reconstruction)

  • Surgery plan (pinpoint exact location of tumors)

The veterinary team here at Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital can aid in diagnosing any health problem that your pet may be currently facing. If you have any questions about the imaging tests we provide, our office is happy to assist you. You can reach us at 413-665-4931 or by contacting us below.