Veterinary Digital Radiology
Digital X-rays allow non-invasive evaluation of the nasal passageway, larynx, trachea (windpipe), bronchi, and lungs. We have invested in digital radiology because it is a superior diagnostic tool—we improve your pet's treatment by visualizing your pet's respiratory system. Digital radiology provides better images at a higher resolution, and thus more accurate assessment of the structures imaged.
There is no waiting on or developing of digital X-rays. As soon as we take the image, we can see them on our computer screen. We want to show you the images, so that you understand the course of your pet's treatment and our process. Additionally, if needed, we can send the digital X-rays instantly, embedded in an email, to specialists for consultation. This advanced technology has truly revolutionized the way in which we practice veterinary medicine.
Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows our doctors to look directly at your pet's larynx, caudal nasal turbinates (thin bones in the nose), trachea, and large bronchi as they enter the lungs. A bronchoscope is a telescope-like instrument that contains lenses and fiber optics (small glass wires that make bright light).
We look directly into the bronchoscope and project an image on our computer monitor. Truly "the state of the art" in medicine, similar bronchoscopes are used by pulmonologists and specialists in their human practices. This scope allows us to carefully visualize your pet's entire respiratory tract. At times, the respiratory tract may appear abnormal in appearance, requiring either cellular evaluation or biopsy.
Blood Gas and Pulse Oximetry
A pulse oximeter is a medical device that indirectly monitors the oxygen saturation of a patient's blood, reducing the need for blood draws and waiting time. You may have had a pulse oximeter clipped to your finger at a routine physical. Our pet pulse oximeter is similar, but adapted to your pet.
We incorporate the pulse oximeter into a multiparameter (multiple measures/metrics) patient monitoring plan. Since proper evaluation of your pet's respiratory system can be complex, we use the Elemental Point of Care System (EPOC) to enhance our diagnosis and help us prescribe treatment.
The EPOC System involves a hand-held computer analyzer that immediately evaluates blood gases and important serum chemistries. In combination with pulse oximetry (oxygen saturation) data, we have a fuller view of your pet's respiratory condition.
Using these tools, we measure the blood oxygen, carbon dioxide, bicarbonate, lactate, and PH levels in the blood. These are all vital measures that go into good respiratory diagnosis and excellent care.
We have an intensive care oxygen compartment for those patients needing oxygen support.