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Diagnostic Services

Digital X-rays for petsDigital Radiology

Radiographs or X-rays are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine because of their ability to penetrate tissues and allow us see and understand far more than is possible by a visual examination alone. Our highly skilled veterinarians use X-rays to examine your pet's bones and organs and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can most likely tell us what we need to know.

Because X-rays are such a valuable diagnostic tool, Lloyd Animal Medical Center's diagnostic capabilities are supported by a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:

  • They are immediately able to be viewed on a computer monitor.
  • The clear, detailed images can be manipulated so we can get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs leading to a quicker and more accurate diagnosis.
  • They take less time to process, which means less time for your pet on the X-ray table and less stress (and less waiting time for you).
  • No harsh chemicals are needed to develop the images, reducing potential harm to our staff and the environment.
  • If a second opinion is necessary digital X-rays can be sent by email to a radiology specialist.

Advanced diagnostic capabilities are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, especially because we can't simply ask our patients what is wrong. Our investment in comprehensive X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the most thorough veterinary care available.

Veterinary UltrasoundUltrasound

Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure that we use to evaluate your pet's internal organs. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet's health. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet's organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone. At Lloyd Animal Medical Center, our veterinarians use ultrasounds to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure and position of your pet's abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram), identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies and cystoscopies.

The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment and minimize your worry and stress.

Telemedicine

In cases where it is necessary, our veterinarians will submit your pet's radiographs and/or ultrasounds to a board-certified veterinary radiologist for review and consultation.


Endoscopy

Endoscopy means "looking inside" and refers to looking inside the body for medical purposes. The instrument used for this procedure is called an endoscope. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure used to view the internal lining of some organs, remove foreign objects and collect biopsy samples.

The endoscope is composed of a long tube (flexible or rigid), a light source, camera and viewing eyepiece. In addition to the fiber optic light source, there are two channels within the tube. One channel is for passing forceps, snares or biopsy instruments, allowing for the removal of foreign objects, collection of biopsy samples and removal of small polyps or tumors. Air or water can be passed through the other channel for better viewing of the tissue or organ.

Although anesthesia is required to keep pets still during the endoscopic procedure, the amount and recovery time is minimal. The benefits of endoscopy over exploratory surgery include no surgical incision, shortened anesthesia time, decreased inflammation, less stress and discomfort and an earlier return to normal function for your pet.

Accurate diagnosis of your pet's symptoms begins with our ability to put together as complete and accurate a picture of what is going on inside your pet's body as possible. For that reason, endoscopy is recommended when blood and urine tests, radiographs and ultrasound do not give us the complete diagnostic picture.

Veterinary TestingIn-House Medical and Diagnostic Laboratory

When performing regular wellness examinations or diagnosing an illness, what our veterinarians can't see is as important, if not more important, than what they can see.

Because protecting your pet's health is our most important job we have a complete in-house diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform a wide range of tests on blood, urine, feces and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to these test results it would be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health. Test results can also help us in the early detection of disease and other conditions affecting your pet's health and well-being. For example, diagnostic testing can detect Heartworm disease, Lyme Disease, infections, Feline Leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, and many additional conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. Blood testing can show evidence of diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference. Blood testing is also necessary prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia.

Laboratory testing provides information about your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. With our in-house diagnostic laboratory technology, we are able to deliver your pet's test results quickly — often within a few minutes — minimizing the time you need to wait for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

If you would like more information about the diagnostic services that Lloyd Animal Medical Center offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital, please call (781) 344-2500 or click below to request an appointment.




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