Radiology + Imaging
At Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care our radiology and imaging center includes digital radiography, multiple ultrasounds for various applications, and the most advanced CT available in veterinary medicine, the Vimago GT30. We also provide fluoroscopy and interventional radiology. Our board-certified internal medicine specialists provide medical consultation with ultrasound Monday through Friday. Our board-certified radiologist offers out-patient ultrasound evaluations on Saturdays (this service does not include medical consultation; the ultrasound report will be sent to your referring veterinarian). All specialty visits require an appointment. Ultrasound is available through our emergency department on weekends for true emergency cases.
- Digital radiography, an advanced form of x-ray inspection which produces digital radiographic images instantly on a computer.
- Ultrasound, an imaging test that uses sound waves to create a picture (also known as a sonogram) of organs, tissues, and other structures inside the body. An ultrasound can also show parts of the body in motion, such as a heart beating or blood flowing through blood vessels.
- Computer Tomography (CT). A CT scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around the body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside the body. CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do.
Portland Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Care has a full line of in-house testing equipment to provide rapid results for many diagnostic tests. This is very important for the emergent patient needing test results quickly. Outside Laboratories are also used for specialized diagnostic testing.
Ultrasound is a procedure that uses high-energy sound waves to look at tissues and organs inside the body. The sound waves make echoes that form pictures of the tissues and organs on a computer screen. Ultrasonography is used to help diagnose diseases, such as cancer. Diagnostic tests such as guided biopsies and needle-aspirates can be performed with the aid of these safe sound waves. Ultrasound is a rewarding technique to evaluate the liver, spleen, adrenal glands, pancreas, kidneys, prostate, bladder, and uterus. Endoscopy may be recommended in addition or instead of ultrasound for diseases of the stomach or intestines. The ultrasound examination is virtually risk-free in most cases and is commonly completed without anesthesia or sedation.
Patients are fasted for 12 hours prior to the ultrasound to ensure a proper view of each organ system. Depending on the type of ultrasound, your pet’s ultrasound may be completed while you wait. However, your pet may be admitted to our hospital for a few hours. If a biopsy is needed, often completed with ultrasound-guided instruments, and brief sedation and/or anesthesia may be required.
The ultrasound examination itself is virtually risk-free in most cases. It can usually be done without anesthesia or sedation and requires about twenty to thirty minutes to complete. A review of your pet’s medical records, tests, and a physical examination will precede the ultrasound. Patients are fasted at least 12 hours prior to the ultrasound to ensure a proper view of each organ system. Depending on the type of ultrasound, your pet’s ultrasound may be completed while you wait, or your pet may be admitted to our hospital for a few hours. If a biopsy is needed, sedation and/or anesthesia (brief) may be required. Biopsies can be completed with ultrasound-guided instruments. The tissues are sent by overnight courier to board-certified pathologists. The results are usually received in three to five business days.
Echocardiography is a specialized ultrasound of the heart. The heart’s action and functions can be studied in detail with an echocardiogram. Several sets of measurements can be made that aid in the determination of the type and severity of an animal’s heart dysfunction. This information aids veterinarians in prescribing medications that can alleviate signs and symptoms of heart disease. It can also be used as a monitoring technique. Generally, no anesthesia is required, and the echocardiogram is completed during your office visit. Additional information (a database) may consist of chest x-rays, an electrocardiogram, and analysis of any fluid present in the chest cavity. Patients are often referred because of known or suspected heart disease, fluid around the heart or in the chest cavity, evaluation of heart murmurs, and suspected chest or heart tumors.