Diagnostic Services offered by Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalDigital Radiology

At Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital, we use the latest in advanced digital radiology as part of your pet's diagnostic care.

Radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. They allow us to view the shape, size and location of organs inside your pet's body. Radiographs are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful for examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An x-ray can detect a fractured bone, tumor, heart problem and locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's stomach or intestine. X-rays and ultrasound are often utilized together for an even more accurate diagnosis.

Benefits of Digital Radiology

Our veterinarians utilize a state-of-the-art, digital x-ray machine. Compared to x-rays produced by a traditional machine, the quality of digital radiographs is much better. Because digital x-rays are immediately displayed on a computer monitor, they are produced quickly and can be manipulated to get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs.

Digital radiology has many benefits for your pet, you and our staff. Our digital x-ray technology produces clear, detailed images that allow our medical team to make a more rapid and accurate diagnosis. Digital x-rays are easier and faster to process than traditional film x-rays, resulting in less time on the x-ray table (and less stress) for your pet. The harsh chemicals once necessary for developing x-rays are not needed for digital x-rays, reducing potential harm to our staff and the environment.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency soundwaves to produce a real-time moving image of your pet's internal organs. It allows our veterinarians an opportunity to look at your pet's internal organs, chest, and abdomen without surgery or sedation. Ultrasound is also used for a wide range of diagnostic procedures and as a guide when performing biopsies.

In most cases, an ultrasound procedure is relatively brief and your pet is able to go home the very same day. Most importantly, though, an ultrasound helps our veterinarians make an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition and provide effective treatment recommendations.

Diagnostic Services offered by Chimacum Valley Veterinary HospitalIn-House Laboratory

Our hospitals maintain a full service diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, electrolyte analyses, urinalysis, fecal exams, cytology evaluations, and other valuable tests for your pet. With our advanced laboratory technology, we are able to receive fast and accurate results, helping to determine your pet’s diagnosis and what treatment therapy is required.

Our complete in-house laboratory is particularly essential to our emergency and critical care cases. We also offer several tests as part of your pet’s wellness exam and specialized testing if your pet is in his or her senior years. We can often have results within 15 minutes (for many tests).

We also frequently evaluate skin cytologies, ear cytologies, skin scrapings, and fungal cultures for the purpose of diagnosing various dermatologic conditions that may be affecting your pet.