At Cascade Veterinary Clinic, we know how important it is to make the right diagnosis of your pet's illness or injury. Modern veterinary imaging helps us to see inside your pet to determine exactly the position and type of injury or abnormality. Cascade Veterinary Clinic uses state of the art equipment right here in our hospital as part of the diagnostic process.
Radiographs, or x-rays, are used to evaluate and diagnose problems affecting a variety of the organ systems in your pet's body. These include the abdomen, bones and orthopedic problems, heart, lungs, and spine. We use radiographs to help diagnose many conditions including fractured bones, pneumonia, cancerous tumors inside the body, enlarged heart, arthritis, and stones within the urinary tract. With our digital radiography equipment, we are able to immediately send radiographs to specialists like the WSU Veterinary Clinic for evaluation if needed.
Ultrasound is an advanced, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technique that is painless and non-invasive. Using sound waves, a computer image is generated that helps us to evaluate the internal structure of organs and abnormal lesions.
In the abdominal cavity, ultrasound is particularly valuable for imaging the liver, spleen, gall bladder, kidneys, lymph nodes, adrenal glands, and urinary bladder. It is very useful for pregnancy evaluations. We use ultrasound to guide us in diagnostic procedures such as urine collection and the biopsy of internal organs and tumors.
Ultrasound often allows us to detect the spread of cancer, avoiding unnecessary surgery.
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that is used to evaluate the interior of certain organs and passages in the body. Most commonly used to evaluate stomach, small intestine, and colon. It is also used in the nose, throat, and trachea.
Both a diagnostic and a therapeutic tool, endoscopy involves inserting an endoscope, which is a long, thin tube with a tiny camera at the end, allowing direct visualization of the area of concern. Once there, depending on the needs of the individual patient, biopsies can be taken, small polyps or tumors can be removed, or foreign objects that some pets swallow may be removed.
The greatest benefit to your pet is that many procedures that used to require major surgery can now be accomplished entirely with endoscopy. Anesthesia is still necessary with this procedure, but it is shorter, causes less stress on the body, and is less painful than surgery.