Early detection is key when it comes to treating your pet. Bellingham Veterinary offers advanced digital imaging technologies guaranteeing the highest quality of care. Our diagnostic imaging services include digital radiography (X-ray), ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning to ensure your pet receives the most timely and accurate diagnosis possible.
Digital Radiography (X-Rays)
Radiographs, or X-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. They can detect abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and dental disease.
Ultrasound is a powerful tool that creates a real-time image of the internal structure of your pet’s body, which can reveal important information about specific diseases or changes. Ultrasound can be used for looking at the heart, called an echocardiogram. Other studies that the ultrasound is specifically useful for is looking at the liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder and detecting pregnancy. Our veterinarians have many years of experience using ultrasound.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a very common diagnostic tool that, just as in humans, enables our veterinarian to get detailed images of soft tissue structures and the entire central nervous system. It provides high-quality images of the brain and spinal cord and can be extremely useful in diagnosing conditions such as neurological diseases, arthritis, cysts, ligament tears, and even sinus and eye disorders. All our exams are reviewed and read by a board-certified veterinary radiologist within 24 hours of the exam. Using state of the art imaging technology, we offer same-day MRI exams in most cases.
A Computed Tomography scan (CT) gives your veterinarian a closer look at a particular organ, muscle, bone or internal body part on your pet. These scans obtain images in slices, offering much more detail than a traditional X-ray. They are especially useful in diagnosing and assessing the progression of cancer and tumors, periodontal (dental) issue, identifying nasal disease, and more closely examine orthopedic injuries.
Our scanner allows for great detail as it uses 3mm slices which is the greatest amount of detail available from this technology. CT exams can be scheduled same-day in most cases. All of our CT exams are reviewed and read by a board-certified veterinary radiologist.
Have questions about diagnostic imaging or want to schedule a consultation for your pet? Call us at 360-734-0720.