Boundary Bay Veterinary Specialty Hospital uses advanced imaging techniques such as digital radiography, ultrasonography, and computerized tomography (CT Scans) to ensure accurate diagnoses and effective therapy for your beloved pet. We take pride in offering these comprehensive imaging services as part of our specialty care, as well as providing convenient outpatient ultrasounds to meet the needs of our patients. Your pet’s well-being is our top priority, and we strive to deliver the highest quality veterinary care.
What are Ultrasounds?
Ultrasounds are a safe and non-invasive imaging technique that uses sound waves, instead of x-rays, to create detailed diagnostic images of your pet’s internal organs. They are incredibly useful in helping us identify any changes or abnormalities within your pet’s body, which aids in diagnosing and treating underlying conditions.
Our veterinary ultrasound services in Bellingham, specializes in providing top-quality ultrasounds for dogs and cats, focusing on examining the abdomen and neck areas. Sedation may be used if needed, and the area of interest may be shaved for clearer images. In certain cases, we can perform a procedure called “fine needle aspirate”, which involves using a thin needle to collect small samples from specific organs or lymph nodes, this helps us gather additional information about your pet’s condition. Our dedicated radiologist then meticulously reviews all ultrasound images and then sends a comprehensive report to your primary veterinarian within a few days.
How do you prepare for Ultrasounds?
To ensure the best results, it’s important that your pet doesn’t eat anything the morning of their ultrasound. This helps to provide a clear view of their organs and allows for sedation, if needed. If sedation is necessary, please know that we will closely monitor your pet and ensure they are fully recovered before you take them home. If your pet has specific nutritional needs, i.e. is diabetic, please contact the hospital for personalized advice.
What is Digital Radiology?
Digital Radiology, also known as “digital X-ray”, provides valuable diagnostic information via digital images that can be viewed instantly on a computer screen. This enables our veterinary team to evaluate and detect potential health issues with precision. Digital radiology reduces the need for retakes, minimizing your pet’s exposure to radiation and ensuring a more efficient and comfortable experience. With the comprehensive information provided by digital radiology, we can develop targeted treatment plans that are tailored to your pet’s specific needs and enhances their quality of life.