Anthony P. Pease, DVM, MS, DACVR*
All Pets Emergency & Referral Center has put together one of the most comprehensive and advanced imaging centers in the south. Our philosophy is to enhance overall patient care by equipping skilled practitioners with advanced, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.
At our disposal are digital radiographs, ultrasound with color flow Doppler, fluoroscopy and a CT scanner. The use of these sophisticated imaging systems enables more rapid and accurate diagnoses to be made. This benefits our patients by reducing the delay in developing and implementing treatment protocols.
Ultrasound uses ultrasonic waves to image tissues. Ultrasound lets us look inside of organs and tissues. It is especially useful in looking at the heart and abdominal organs. Ultrasound plays an integral part in diagnosing diseases of the gall bladder, urinary bladder, liver, kidneys and lymph nodes. It can be used to guide biopsies of abnormal structures.
Computed tomography (CT) is a technology that uses computer-processed x-rays to produce images (virtual ‘slices’) of specific areas allowing the user to see what is inside it without cutting it open. Many areas that are poorly imaged by either conventional radiographs or ultrasound are readily seen with the CT. The CT can be used in conjunction with surgery to provide a “road map” of where to go.