Glastonbury CT Vet

Companion Animal Radiology

Beckett & Associates is equipped with state of the art digital radiology equipment.

Beckett & Associates offers the latest in digital radiology. Our in house digital x-ray system can take both large 10 x 14 films as well as the smaller 8 x 10 films. We also have a digital dental x-ray system for intra-oral dental radiographs. Digital radiographs allow our doctors to diagnose problems quickly; leading to faster, more effective treatment. Digital radiograph technology also allows our doctors to consult with specialists on certain cases and allows us to send copies of your animal's radiographs with you for your records.

 

Ultrasound for Companion Animals

CT Animal Ultrasounds

Our doctors may recommend an ultrasound for your pet to get a better evaluation of what's happening inside. Often, we get questions about why this is better than a radiograph ("x-ray" picture), or how it works.

Ultrasound, as the name suggests, uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image, based on how much the material being examined changes the sound as it passes through. Unlike radiology, which is great for looking at bones and air-filled structures, ultrasound is most useful in looking at "soft tissue", which includes most of the internal organs (liver, kidneys, etc) and tendons and ligaments, as well as differentiating between fluid and solid tissue. Bone and air obscure ultrasound images, so its use is limited in the chest by air in the lungs, and in some part of the body where bone closely overlies other tissues, such as the skull or pelvis.

Glastonbury CT VetUltrasound lets us measure the size of organs, evaluate their structure, and identify isolated or focal lesions that may occur with some infections or cancers. In addition, because ultrasound lets us examine organs in "real time", it can be used to guide some types of tissue biopsy and fluid collection for laboratory evaluation.

One other major use of ultrasound is examining the heart. With echocardiography, we can observe the motion of the chambers and valves of the heart, and determine whether blood is moving normally through the heart. The doctors may recommend this test if they here a heart murmur; in this case, radiographs are often required as well, to evaluate the overall size and shape of the heart, and to determine if there is fluid accumulation in the lungs.

In animals of all species, we can use ultrasound to diagnose pregnancy. Ultrasound can identify structures in the uterus before fetal skeletons can be seen on radiographs, and also carries less potential harm to the fetus, since no radiation is involved.

We have an ultrasound machine in our practice that is used for abdominal and basic cardiac examinations. In addition, we work with a board-certified radiologist who performs ultrasounds when small structures, such as adrenal glands, are in question. She also performs more in-depth cardiac evaluations.