Veterinary Services

Pet Diagnostic Imaging

Our team can more precisely determine the problem or illness affecting your pet thanks to our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. We are dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of diagnostic technology.

Pet Diagnostic Imaging in Las Vegas, NV

Ultrasound offers a non-invasive, non-painful method for diagnosing many diseases. Ultrasound differs from an X-ray in that sound, rather than radiation, is used to create the image. This enables us to see not only the structure we are looking at but also to see the inside.

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Pet Diagnostic Imaging

Unlike conventional X-rays, which can cause harm if used excessively, evidence shows that ultrasound is completely safe from these side effects and can be performed on the pet while fully awake. Ultrasound is an invaluable tool in assisting in the diagnosis of various diseases, including heart disease, kidney and bladder disease, liver problems, and diseases of other major organs. We can also look inside the bladder for stones and growths.

Ultrasound is often used in conjunction with X-rays to make the correct diagnosis. Ultrasound also allows the doctor to achieve a depth of detail that is impossible with X-rays. Organs that are difficult to see clearly on film radiographs can easily be seen with ultrasound. Internal abnormalities such as masses, cysts, and abscesses can not only be seen but can also be identified and measured. Ultrasound evaluation of your pet after a severe injury can instantly provide information to determine if emergency life-saving surgery is required. This technology can also look inside the beating heart, helping us diagnose and monitor heart conditions. Finally, ultrasounds can aid in diagnosing pregnancy earlier than radiology and more cost-effectively than blood tests, and we can watch the growth and number of puppies and kittens.

South Valley Animal Hospital is proud and excited to offer the latest in X-ray technology – digital radiology. Until recently, X-ray technology had remained unchanged for almost a hundred years. New digital X-ray systems have vastly improved our diagnostic abilities by using computers to aid in the capture and manipulation of the image (including magnification) to see certain conditions more clearly. It also means you can view your pet’s X-rays on the computer screen in the exam room, and we can e-mail X-rays to specialists for review. The results are excellent! In addition, we no longer have to use the chemicals associated with processing X-ray films – a plus for the environment and our staff! Now X-rays are safer, quicker, and much more helpful. They can be stored digitally and sent over the web for consultation with a specialist if necessary. South Valley Animal Hospital has invested in this revolutionary technology to serve you and your four-legged companions better.