Pet Diagnostics in Houston
When a comprehensive wellness exam isn’t enough to establish a pet’s condition, we rely on advanced diagnostics for an internal examination. Animal Medical Center of the Village in Houston uses modern, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to provide your pet with the most accurate diagnosis.
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Animal Medical Center of the Village offers full in-house diagnostic capabilities with our state-of-the-art blood analyzers. The most common blood tests we perform are complete blood cell counts (CBC) and blood chemistries. These tests enable us to determine causes of illness accurately, safely, and quickly and allow us to monitor the progress of medical treatments. They often give us good news regarding the absence of disease or illness.
Animal Medical Center of the Village is excited about the installation of a new, NewTom 5G CT imaging scanner. Computed tomography is commonly referred to as a CT scan or CAT scan. It utilizes rotating X-rays around a pet to make cross-sectional images. Modern CT machines can generate hundreds of these cross-sectional images in just seconds. Modern computer processing can also make both two- and three-dimensional reconstructed images from the acquired CT data. CT images are acquired for a wide variety of cases, including offering diagnostic help for:
- Brain tumors
- Bone fractures
Digital radiography has revolutionized both human and veterinary medicine due to its convenience and improved detail for soft tissues. X-ray images (radiographs) allow us to examine the body for injury or disease. Not only used for bones, radiographs provide examination of the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs. All radiographic studies performed at Animal Medical Center of the Village are digital.
Radiography is often the first line of diagnostic imaging with which a veterinarian can either make a diagnosis, or direct the need for further imaging. It is quick, painless, and economical. All of our images are evaluated by a board veterinary radiologist for quality control, providing a higher standard of service for our patients.
Endoscopic evaluations can be done to make a diagnosis, such as obtaining biopsy of an organ that may be dysfunctional. This can result in more directed and appropriate treatment. Other widespread use is to diagnose types and spread of cancer, thoracic exploration and biopsies, abdominal exploratory and biopsies, endoscopic examination and biopsies of urinary bladder, nose, and ears, and biopsies for diagnosis and staging of cancer.
The benefits of ultrasound in veterinary medicine are many. Ultrasound works by emitting high frequency sound waves at internal organs. The sound bounces off the organ, producing an echo which is then converted into a visual image by a transmitter. Ultrasound is completely painless for your pet and usually non-invasive. The majority of patients do not require anesthesia, while others may require a light sedative to promote relaxation. Many diagnostic procedures can be done with the help of ultrasound, including:
- Determining organ health
- Detecting growths or masses
- Getting specific information about an X-ray
- Detecting pregnancy
- Performing a biopsy
- Evaluating the cardiovascular system
A urinalysis evaluates the physical and chemical composition of the urine of cats and dogs. It can provide important diagnostic information about conditions of the urinary and genital tracts in pets and about various systemic diseases. The urinalysis is an important part of the diagnostic evaluation for many diseases and is also an integral part of a thorough preventive medicine program for cats and dogs. Urinalysis results can be used to guide treatment decisions, and in some cases, can indicate the need for more specialized diagnostic tests.