At Ambleside Animal Hospital, we use advanced imaging techniques like ultrasounds and X-rays to get a closer look at your pet's internal organs and systems. Ultrasounds help us check their liver, bladder, kidneys, heart, and gallbladder, while X-rays help us examine their heart, bones, gastrointestinal system, and respiratory tract.
What happens during an X-ray?
During an X-ray, your pet will be given a mild sedative to keep them calm. We use a special 17-inch sensor, like a giant digital camera, which captures images in shades of gray to show your pet's insides. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian. For complex cases, we also regularly refer interpretation of our X-rays to a certified radiologist.
Where will the ultrasound be performed?
Ultrasounds are performed within our hospital by our own doctors or by a certified ultrasonographer. We use a mobile machine to assess basic function and look extensively at the urinary system. Most often we use it to assess bladders and to perform ultrasound guided urine collection. When more complex cases arrive, we call in a mobile specialist. Dr. Janet Nieckarz, a board-certified radiologist who comes to our hospital to perform outpatient ultrasounds every other Wednesday. Her services allow us to get your pet the care they need, in the comfort of a familiar environment.
Why is sedation required for X-rays?
When a patient is sedated, we are able to take more images quicker, and our technician is able to position the patient and leave the room before taking the X-ray. This exposes both our technician and your loyal companion to less radiation and allows us to get the X-ray performed quickly. Without sedation, your cat or dog may get stressed which makes it difficult to get clear scans.