Diagnostic imaging is critical in diagnosing patients. The ability to use advanced equipment to ‘see’ exactly what is normal or abnormal within, as well as plan and execute effective treatment has revolutionized veterinary medicine and our ability to take care of your pet. Rivergate Veterinary Clinic is a clear leader in diagnostic imaging.
Our advanced lab allows us to test blood, urine and other samples – accurately and within minutes. When your pet is sick, time is critical. A rapid diagnosis allows treatment to begin as soon as possible, improving your pet’s chances for a good outcome and saving you time and expense. Complex testing is sent to an outside reference lab and, depending on the test, results are often available within 24 hours.
Properly positioned, detailed images are essential in giving our doctors the information needed to accurately interpret x-rays of your pets. Our well-trained and experienced technicians take high-speed digital x-rays which give us the information we need in just minutes. When indicated, radiographs can be emailed for review and consultation with a board-certified radiologist giving us an expert second opinion – the same day in most cases.
Ultrasound of the abdomen can be performed on site at Rivergate to add in the accurate diagnosis of abdominal problems.
An echocardiogram or ultrasound of the heart allows for a non-invasive evaluation of the cardiac anatomy, function of the heart muscle and valves, as well as blood flow through the heart and pressures in the heart using Doppler techniques. The vast majority of congenital heart defects and acquired heart diseases can be definitively diagnosed with echocardiography.