Diagnostic Services

digital radiology at westfield animal hospitalDigital Radiology

Radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. They allow us to view the shape, size and location of organs inside your pet's body. Radiographs are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful for examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An x-ray can detect a fractured bone, tumor, heart problem and locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's stomach or intestine. X-rays and Ultrasound are often utilized together for an even more accurate diagnosis.

Westfield Animal Hospital has a new, state-of-the-art, Hudson Digital x-ray machine. Compared to x-rays produced by a traditional machine, the quality of digital radiographs is much better. Digital x-rays are produced quickly and immediately displayed on a computer monitor. They can be manipulated to get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs. Our sophisticated digital x-ray equipment produces clear, detailed images that allow our veterinarians to make a more rapid and accurate diagnosis.

Digital radiology has many benefits for your pet, you, our staff and the environment. Because digital x-ray images can be saved on a computer, they can be transmitted quickly by email to a specialist if a referral or second opinion were necessary. The images can also be saved to a disc and given to you. Digital x-rays are easier and faster to process than traditional film x-rays, resulting in less time on the x-ray table (and less stress) for your pet. The harsh chemicals once necessary for developing x-rays are not needed for digital x-rays, reducing potential harm to our staff and the environment.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time moving image of your pet's internal organs. Ultrasound is painless and does not require anesthesia or sedation in most cases. This test is typically done after blood tests, x-rays, or a physical examination indicates a possible problem.

Ultrasound allows us to see things that cannot be visualized with radiographs. For example, a radiograph of the abdomen may show enlargement of a liver but does not tell us why the liver is enlarged. An ultrasound is a complimentary test that allows us to see the structure of the liver in greater detail and identify specific lesions or masses. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart, and an important diagnostic test in assessing animals with heart disease and developing a treatment plan.

Ultrasound allows us to evaluate internal organs without surgery. Using an ultrasound image as a guide, biopsies or samples of fluid can often be obtained without surgery allowing your pet to go home the same day.

Westfield Animal Hospital has the capability to perform ultrasonography, ultrasound guided procedures and echocardiograms.

Complete In-House Laboratory

Our extensive in-house laboratory helps us gather information that is critical to your sick or injured pet. We have the technology for extensive diagnostic testing, allowing your pet to receive appropriate treatment in a timely manner. Our laboratory is capable of processing numerous blood tests, including chemistry profiles. We also process pre-anesthetic blood tests, which are often necessary before your pet undergoes anesthesia and surgery.

We are also able to submit tests to a local reference laboratory when necessary.