Diagnostic Services

Pet X-raysRadiology

Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common, useful diagnostic tools in medicine because of their ability to penetrate tissues and show your pet’s organs and bones. The team at Stamford Veterinary Center utilizes X-rays to examine your pet’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, and other areas, and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can tell us what we need to know. Our veterinarians are certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, which means they can quickly diagnose orthopedic issues with assistance of radiographs. We also work closely with area specialists, and nationally renowned, board-certified veterinary radiologists and cardiologists, with whom we consult for second opinions as needed.

The diagnostic capabilities offered by X-rays are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, especially because we cannot simply ask our patients what is wrong. Our investment in high-quality X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure we use to evaluate your pet’s internal organs. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet’s health. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet’s organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone.

The medical team at Stamford Veterinary Center uses ultrasounds to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of your pet’s abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram), and diagnose pregnancy. It can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies.

The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on the ultrasound is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment and minimize your worry and stress.

Veterinary EndoscopyEndoscopy

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure commonly used to evaluate the interior surfaces of your pet’s organs through a small tube inserted into his or her body. An endoscopic examination can often accurately diagnose what is causing your pet’s vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain or swelling, loss of appetite or respiratory problems. It can also be used to collect biopsy samples and remove foreign objects, small polyps or tumors.

Although anesthesia is required to keep pets still during the endoscopic procedure, the recovery time is minimal. The benefits of endoscopy over exploratory surgery include no surgical incision, shortened anesthetic time, decreased inflammation, less stress and discomfort and an earlier return to normal function for your pet.

Accurate diagnosis of your pet’s symptoms begins with our ability to put together as complete and accurate a picture of what's going on inside your pet’s body as possible. For that reason, endoscopy is recommended when routine blood and urine tests, radiographs and ultrasound do not give us the complete diagnostic picture.