The most important piece of the diagnostic puzzle is the veterinarians physical exam, experience, knowledge and wisdom. These are paramount, even with every technology advanced medical tool in the world.
In-House Diagnostic Equipment
- High Resolution Volumetric Imaging
(Computed Tomography/CT scan)
- Digital Radiography
- Blood Analyzers (CBC/ Chemistry)
- Slow Motion Video Gait Analysis
A diagnosis is essential for proper treatment and prognosis. History and physical exam can go a long way in helping our surgeon be able to choose the right tools to confirm and make a treatment plan based on a diagnosis. The rehabilitation department is able to collect high speed video of a patient’s gait to evaluate abnormalities and assess ongoing progress. Our hospital also houses lab equipment to evaluate blood parameters and make sure a patient’s organs are functioning properly before any surgical or anesthetic procedure. Radiographs (X-rays) are also important to be able to see bone abnormalities and/or plan an orthopedic surgery. Computed Tomography also known as a CT scan is a three dimensional X-ray to help evaluate more complex structures. We commonly use this tool before spinal surgery. Ultrasound can help us visualize soft tissue injuries and structures that we can not see with other diagnostic tools.
Having all these tools at our disposal within the clinic makes diagnosing fast, easy, and allows doctors and clients to make informed decisions about how their pet is to be treated.
Digital Radiography (Xray)
Slow motion gait analysis can help objectively evaluate and record a patient’s gait. After data is collected a practitioner can calculate acceleration, velocity, joint angles and watch a patient’s gait in repetition to gain more knowledge of how they are doing or what may be abnormal. Further studies can compare data before and after treatments to quantify progress. Our Rehabilitation department works closely with surgery patients and staff to make better decisions about what treatments are best for our patients.