Pet rehab is part of the Vale referrals hospital and so we can use a variety of imaging modalities in order to confirm a diagnosis
Radiographs ( x -rays)
Digital radiography is usually performed under sedation although in some cases general anaesthesia is needed. This is used to diagnose a variety of bone and joint conditions - for example hip dysplasia and fractures.
The Ct scanner is a powerful diagnostic tool. It rapidly takes x rays in slices through an area of tissues which are reconstructed by a computer to produced a detailed three dimension image of the area. Our scanner is a 64- slice, top of the range scanner and takes only minutes to complete a scan. Most scans are performed under sedation, for some general anaesthesia is required.
The detailed pictures produced allow for more detailed interpretation when compared to a conventional two dimensional x ray and so allows for better diagnosis and treatment planning
We have a visiting MRI scanner from Burgess Veterinary MRI. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI ) uses a magnetic field to produce high quality images in multiple planes. General anaesthesia is required for MRI scanning.
MRI is the imaging modality of choice for investigation of soft tissue and neurological problems such as spinal intervertebral disc disease, nerve entrapment and lumbosacral disease. It is also excellent for diagnosis of sports related injury such as shoulder tendionpathy.
This can be performed without sedation or anaesthesia. It is used for diagnosis of soft tissue injuries such as muscle and tendon disease. We also use ultrasound for placement of stem cells in tendon, ligament or muscle injuries.