Veterinary Diagnostics in Katy
Taking a Closer Look at Your Pet’s Health
Diagnosing your pet when they can’t tell us what’s wrong can be tricky. Fortunately, at Pet Medical Center of Katy, we use the latest diagnostic technology to help accurately diagnose and treat your pet’s ailments. Cats and dogs can be very sneaky about hiding their pain, but our Katy veterinarians use radiology and ultrasound technology to help us better understand what’s wrong.
We begin with a physical exam of your pet, but if our veterinary team suspects there is something else going on underneath your pet’s fur we will use radiology as an important tool in monitoring your pet’s health. The use of x-rays and ultrasounds help us get a closer look.
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What’s the Difference Between X-Rays & Ultrasounds?
Both x-rays and ultrasounds are forms of radiology that allow us to “see” beneath your pet’s fur and inside their body. The basic difference between these two types of radiology comes down to the things that each form can see: X-rays detect the solid parts of your pet’s body, like bones or muscles, while ultrasounds look at the soft parts of your pet’s body, like organs. The best part of radiological imaging at Pet Medical Center of Katy is that both methods are completely pain-free and non-invasive.
X-Rays at Pet Medical Center of Katy
X-rays produce still images of bone and muscle using electromagnetic radiation to create the image. These images can be produced on film or on a computer monitor. Modern x-rays, like the ones used at Pet Medical Center of Katy, offer a high degree of detail. In order to achieve this detail, we may need to sedate your pet so that we can capture a clear image.
X-rays are best used for:
- Obtaining clear images of bones and organs
- Diagnosing traumatic injuries
- Monitoring broken bones
- Finding foreign objects
- Identifying tumors
X-rays image the solid or dense tissues of your pet’s body. If we need to look at your pet’s organs or a pregnancy, we’ll use an ultrasound.
Pet Ultrasounds in Katy
Ultrasounds produce real-time images of the soft tissues of your pet’s body using high frequency soundwaves. These moving images are generally viewed on a computer monitor, though still images can also be printed. Because ultrasounds don’t use radiation to produce their images, they are safe for use on fetuses or other delicate tissues.
Ultrasounds are best used for:
- Examining the heart
- Inspecting lumps or masses
- Monitoring pregnancy
- Diagnosing possible organ damage
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