Diagnostic Testing for your Pet

Radiology

Radiology Radiographs (x-rays) are a valuable diagnostic tool and greatly aid in your pet's diagnosis as well as treatment. X-rays are used to diagnose a variety of conditions such as the location and severity of bone fractures, signs of heart disease, tumors and locate foreign bodies (such as bones, toys and other items pets may swallow) in your pet's stomach and intestine.

In order to provide the best care for your pet, we use the latest veterinary radiology equipment, including an automatic processor. All radiographs are scanned and converted into digital files for more accurate filing. A digital file can also be sent to a veterinary specialist for a second opinion.

Ultrasound

UltrasoundUltrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure we use to evaluate your pet's internal organs. It's one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet's health. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet's organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone.

At Crossroads Animal Clinic, we use ultrasounds to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of your pet's abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram), and diagnose pregnancy. It can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies.

The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment, minimizing your worry and stress.

Diagnostic Laboratory

Diagnostic Laboratory Sometimes, diseases do not present readily apparent symptoms. Our advanced diagnostic laboratory is capable of performing a number of screening tests that can detect diseases, parasites and other conditions in your pet.

Tests performed by our in-house laboratory include, but are not limited to:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Diagnostic serum chemistries
  • Occult heartworm testing
  • Ear cytology
  • Fine-needle aspirate biopsies

Staffed by our specially-trained veterinary technicians, your pet's test results are quickly and accurately interpreted. In addition, we utilize the services of an outside laboratory service provided by Antech.