Advanced Diagnostics Include Ultrasound, X-ray & OFA Screening

ultrasoundLucerne Veterinary Hospital provides our canine and feline patients with the services of our state-of-the-art ultrasound and digital X-ray technology. Dr. Stephanie Monk has extensive training in the use and application of ultrasound technology. She has been performing ultrasounds and ultrasound-related procedures on our patients for approximately 10 years.

Imaging technology includes ultrasound and digital X-ray, but other examples of imaging include CT scan and MRI. Each of these offers a different way to look at the organs. Should your pet need a CT scan or MRI, we would be happy to refer you to a southern Maine or New Hampshire referral hospital, the closest locations with these facilities.

Uses for Pet Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a useful diagnostic tool that helps us view the organs of the abdomen, chest, and other locations, even the retina of the eye. We use ultrasound imaging for the following:

Other types of biopsy may be recommended depending upon the case, including:

There are a few limitations to ultrasound: it cannot be used on bone and can be difficult to interpret when there is marked gas in the GI tract. However, it is an extremely valuable tool in diagnosing many diseases. Dr. Monk does the majority of our ultrasounds and is happy to answer any of your questions.

Uses for Pet X-ray

X-ray is a valuable tool in diagnosing disease and injury. We are equipped with a state-of-the-art, digital X-ray system, allowing us to see the bones and organs in more detail than ever before. It also allows us to digitally, and instantaneously, send X-rays to specialists for a rapid second opinion.

Certified OFA Screenings

We provide OFA certification X-rays for knees, hips, and elbows. This screening method follows the American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines for specific radiograph positioning to evaluate pelvic or hip conformation. The Orthopedic Foundation for animals (OFA) registers the results in their database and will submit results to the AKC.

Any of our veterinarians are pleased to discuss your imaging needs. Simply contact our hospital to schedule a consultation.

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