Diagnostic care is an inevitable part of many pets’ lives, whether it’s X-rays to diagnose a foreign body or fracture or laboratory testing to detect a specific disease. For your convenience, the doctors at Veterinary Medical Center in Studio City perform digital pet X-rays, ultrasounds, and laboratory testing in-house. These options allow us to view your pet internally, making them vital tools in veterinary medicine. In some cases, our diagnostic services can be offered conjunctively to obtaining the most accurate diagnosis.
Digital Pet X-rays
Digital radiography—also known as X-rays—is a diagnostic tool that’s used to examine the bones and other internal structures using short exposure times to limit radiation exposure. Pet X-rays can be used to detect fractures, foreign bodies, and other conditions. For safety assurance, our state-of-the-art, human grade Sound Eklin radiograph machine is tested periodically by a state agency. Images are developed automatically in less than 90 seconds each, which means less waiting time for you and your pet. These images are permanently labeled in compliance with state and federal laws and can be easily shared digitally if necessary. In addition, we occasionally consult with outside radiology specialists to review particular cases if requested by our doctors.
Similar to our digital pet X-ray machine, Veterinary Medical Center’s state-of-the-art pet ultrasound machine is used to safely, painlessly examine your pet internally using sound waves to create an image of the body in real time. It’s commonly used to evaluate the liver, kidneys, and other internal organs to detect abnormalities. It also allows us to perform guided cystograms (exams of urinary bladder) in-house. Our pet ultrasound unit complements our radiographic capabilities for various diagnoses.
In-House Laboratory Testing
Our veterinary technicians perform many laboratory tests in-house, including pre-anesthetic blood screening prior to surgical procedures. The results of a blood test can indicate a number of health conditions that a physical exam, X-rays, or ultrasound alone can’t. We can send samples to specialized diagnostic laboratories around the country for interpretation. By selecting the appropriate lab for consultation, we ensure the best success in diagnosing and treating your pet’s particular problem. If your pet has an upcoming appointment for laboratory testing, check with our receptionists the day before for instructions regarding food, water, and medication administration, as these factors may influence the outcome of certain tests. Be sure to also ask when test results will be available, especially if specimens are sent to an outside lab.