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Diagnostic

DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING

Computer radiography CR

Vetcare uses the latest Fuji Computer Radiography machine to perform radiography on your pet.

Dental digital radiography

Some of the dental procedures require additional visualization of the condition of the tooth/teeth which is not possible with traditional x-ray machines. Vetcare has a portable dental digital radio graph machine the size of a regular camera to allow the vet to take x-ray of any of your pet’s teeth and decide on the further treatment required.

Ultrasound / Doppler imaging

We are also equipped with 2 ultrasound machines with Doppler, which allow us to perform ultrasound diagnostic imaging for your pet.

Endoscopy – video endoscopy flexible and rigid

We are equipped with both rigid and flexible endoscopy devices allowing us to remove foreign bodies from the animal esophagus or stomach, or do routine endoscopy, gastroscopy and colonoscopy on your pet with the capacity to take biopsies also.

Fluoroscopy

We are the only veterinary clinic in Dubai currently using fluoroscope, which is a useful device used during orthopedic procedures on animals to guide the placement of metal frameworks and plates.

COMPUTER RADIOGRAPHY CR

Equine radiography is an imaging modality that is still an essential component of a horse's orthopaedic diagnostic evaluation. It is made possible by the production of useful, high-energy photons (x-rays) that pass through the area of interest and are used in the production of the resultant image on the specially sensitized film screen.

Our powerful system provides excellent quality images of nearly all parts of the horse, including areas, such as the back or the shoulder, that are difficult or not possible to image with portable machines.

In the computed radiography system, radiography acquired on a cassette are read by a computer and displayed on a screen. Radiography can be manipulated to enhance image quality and are stored electronically. Comminuted fracture at the base of the patella

Oblique view showing the caudal thoracic vertebral body and articular process joints of a horse. There is thickening of the subchondral bone plate of the articular process joint between the 15th and 16th thoracic vertebra (black arrows) and enlargement and particular new bone formation around the articular process joint of a horse between the 16th and 17th thoracic vertebra (arrowheads). There is marked ventral spondylosis between the vertebral body of the 12th and 13th thoracic vertebra.

DENTAL DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY

Dental x-rays, or radiography, has greatly enhanced the way we, as veterinarians, practice veterinary dentistry. So much of dental disease, such as periodontal disease, tooth root abscesses, jaw fractures, tumors, etc., occurs below the gum-line, that dental radiography is an absolute necessity to practice veterinary dentistry. Dental radiography allows for diagnosis of certain diseases, plan for the appropriate treatment as well as monitoring for treatment success.

The relatively recent introduction of digital radiography has further advanced this diagnostic tool. Digital radiography has the advantages over conventional film radiography in that it uses approximately 1/3 of x-radiation to create the image, the ability to enlarge the image to see small changes, increase or decrease contrast to help small lesions show up better, archival of images on a hard drive or back-up disc, easy retrieval, and the ability to print the images for client education. Digital radiography are also quicker to take and develop. Usually a radiography of an area can be “developed” within 5-7 seconds, where dental film radiography take generally one minute each. Digital radiography have the added advantage of being easily e-mailed if needed for referral or communication with referring veterinarians. Conventional dental film radiography have the advantage of better resolution and can serve to evaluate larger areas than can be done by digital at this time.

ULTRASOUND / DOPPLER IMAGING

Abdominal ultrasound is an extremely useful tool for diagnosing a variety of diseases including (but not limited to) bladder stones, kidney disease, gastrointestinal obstructions, liver and splenic disease, pancreatitis, bleeding, and tumors. Many diagnoses that we can make by a non-invasive ultrasound exam previously required exploratory surgeries. Ultrasound is a great way to check for pregnancy in dogs and can usually be performed about 4 weeks after breeding.

We routinely performs echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart) on pets with heart disease. This is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in dogs and cats. Ultrasound allows us to examine the internal structure and patterns of blood flow within the heart itself. Ultrasound can determine if it is just a mild leaking valve or a life threatening heart dilation.

ENDOSCOPY – VIDEO ENDOSCOPY

Endoscopy allows a visual examination of internal organs and body parts without invasive exploratory surgery. It was first described in the early 1800's, but it was not until the late 1800's that optical lenses were developed which could be used in viewing devices and endoscopy could start to be used. Endoscopy is performed with either a rigid or flexible fiberoptic instrument. Flexible endoscopes such as those used in the examination of the stomach consist of a long, flexible insertion tube with a bending tip at the end that enters the body, an eyepiece, and a control section.

The tip of the endoscope is manipulated using a control knob in the hand piece. In addition to the fiber bundles which provide the light source, two channels are present within the endoscope. One channel permits various endoscopic tools to be passed and fluids to be suctioned or samples taken. The other allows air or water to be passed into the stomach/intestine to insufflate (inject air into the area), or wash away mucus from the viewing port. Special video cameras can be attached to the endoscopes which allow viewing of the exam on a television screen, as well as recording the exam on video. The rigid endoscope cannot be used in some areas, such as the stomach because it does not have the bending tip, so it cannot be flexed to allow examination of all parts of the stomach. 

FLOUROSCOPY

Fluoroscopy is a non-invasive procedure which uses x-rays to help capture and monitor video images of specific parts of the body while they are in motion. Animal Imaging’s new radiology suite uses fluoroscopy for flow studies using barium contrast, myelograms, and for studies where changes over time are important –as with collapsing tracheas.  Organic iodine contrasting agents are used for special vascular urine flow studies.

Fluoroscopy facilitates the placement of tracheal stents.  These expanding Nitinol stents are helpful in managing select collapsing trachea cases.
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