Diagnostics

Pet Diagnostics in SF

Our laboratory facilities host precise diagnostic equipment used in preventative care and early detection.

Electrocardiology (ECG)

Effective heart disease treatment begins with early detection. Electrocardiology is the best tool to analysis your pet’s heart health. An electrocardiogram is used to determine heart rate and rhythm, discovering any abnormalities in the process. Should an arrhythmia, or any other condition, be uncovered, treatment can commence.

An electrocardiography device detects minute electrical changes on the surface of your pet’s skin caused by heartbeat movement. Small electrodes called leads are covered in conducting gel and gently placed on the skin. The leads monitor heartbeat activity, recording irregularities if they are present. This process is non-invasive and painless.

Radiology

Veterinary diagnostic imaging creates composites of the internal body used to discover disease or injury. Irving Pet Hospital employs advanced imaging technologies operated by board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.

Radiographs, or x-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. These popular tests can detect a number of abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and dental disease. Radiography remains one of the most popular and accurate non-invasive diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.

Irving Pet Hospital Radiology Services

  • Radiographs
  • Ultrasounds
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI)

Some specialized procedures may require anesthesia. Orthopedic radiographs and contrast studies require the patient remain completely still to work correctly, necessitating sedation in most cases. The duration of sedation is usually short and patient recovery is swift. A board-certified anesthesiologist oversees all procedures.

Radiology imaging services are available via referral from your Irving Pet Hospital veterinarian.

Ultrasounds

An ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time image of an animal’s body. This composite reveals important information about internal processes including the circulatory, skeletal and gastrointestinal systems, helping identify disease, blockages and internal injury.

An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen and gallbladder. An echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size and contractions. This tool is essential when assessing overall heart health and treating cardiovascular disease. Because an ultrasound doesn’t require radiation, it is also used to monitor pregnancies and fetal health in breeding pets.

When used in conjunction with other diagnostics tools like radiographs (x-rays), ultrasonography can detect a broad range of abnormalities including cardiovascular disease, skeletal fractures, some forms of cancer, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and organ disease. Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds rank among the most precise diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.

Irving Pet Hospital employs advanced imaging technologies operated by board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.

To learn more about ultrasonography and other diagnostic tools, please contact your Irving Pet Hospital veterinarian today.