Diagnostic Services

Computerized Radiography

Computerized RadiographyRadiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.

To provide your pet with the best medical care, Canyon Pet Hospital uses the latest in computerized radiology equipment as part of your pet's diagnostic care. Digital radiographic images are far more detailed and offer a range of features that enhance your veterinarian's ability to make an accurate diagnosis. Because our radiographs are digital, we are also able to easily submit them electronically to a board certified radiologist for timely second opinions.

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Ultrasound

UltrasoundUltrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet's internal organs. For many applications, ultrasound can be more useful than radiographs by providing a movie of what is happening inside your pet's body.

It is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart functions, bladder scans and other areas such as the thyroid glands, testicles and mammary glands. Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion on your pet, an ultrasound can determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet's body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

Canyon Pet Hospital uses modern ultrasound technologies and is up-to-date on the latest ultrasound-assisted procedures, which include abdominal studies, ultrasound-guided aspirates, ultrasound-guided cystocentesis, and emergency ultrasounds. In certain complex cases, we are able to send ultrasound studies for timely second opinions from a board certified specialist.

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Endoscopy

EndoscopyTo gain a view into the body veterinarians often employ the use of endoscopes. These are small cameras designed to be inserted into the body and then project pictures onto a computer screen for your doctor to view and make an evaluation. This type of veterinary scope also includes tools to allow the veterinarian to take tissue samples and perform a range of procedures.

Veterinary endoscopy allows a more complete examination of the esophagus, stomach, and some areas of the intestines in order to diagnose gastrointestinal disorders, cancerous growths, polyps, and other problems.

The endoscope is also useful in obtaining samples of potentially infected or cancerous material and serves as the visual aid during a biopsy, allowing the doctor to obtain the best sample for evaluation. This helps diagnose malignancies in the gastrointestinal tract as well as gastrointestinal disorders.

The endoscope also aids in the removal of foreign bodies. Animals often swallow objects that cannot be digested or passed through the digestive tract. The endoscope allows better vision of the digestive tract so these objects may be removed without major surgery.

In all, your veterinarian is able to easily and painlessly view, diagnose and often treat a range of problems without performing invasive surgery.

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Our Lab

Performing preventative medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.

Canyon Pet Hospital has a complete in-house laboratory that allows us to perform urinalysis, parasite identification, complete chemistry profiles, clotting profiles, and more. In some cases, we can receive results within minutes.

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