When your beloved pet faces a sudden health crisis, every second counts. At TrueCare for Pets, we understand the urgency of these situations, which is why our 24/7/365 specialty and emergency veterinary hospital in Studio City, Los Angeles, is equipped with cutting-edge technology to provide prompt and accurate diagnoses — especially the invaluable role that advanced digital imaging plays in ensuring your pet receives the best care possible.
Digital Radiology: A Window into Your Pet’s Health
Radiology is a cornerstone of modern veterinary medicine, allowing us to peer inside your pet’s body to uncover the root of their health issues. Our digital radiology equipment utilizes X-rays to create detailed images of your pet’s internal anatomy. While many may associate X-rays primarily with fracture detection, these sophisticated devices can also reveal problems in vital organs like the heart and lungs.
For instance, on an abdominal radiograph, urinary bladder stones appear as distinctive spots within the urinary structures. Gastric dilatation volvulus, a life-threatening stomach condition, can be swiftly detected, enabling immediate intervention. The versatility of digital radiology empowers our veterinarians to diagnose a wide range of conditions efficiently.
The Power of 3D Imaging with CT Scans
In complex cases, we turn to computed tomography (CT) scans for an even deeper understanding of your pet’s condition. CT scans use X-ray technology to create three-dimensional images of your pet’s internal anatomy, offering unparalleled diagnostic capabilities.
- Skull CT imaging: This helps uncover dental diseases, sinus issues, and maxillofacial trauma that can cause severe oral or facial pain.
- Thoracic CT: It’s instrumental in detecting lung tumors and assists in surgical planning for these conditions.
- Spinal CT: In cases of paralysis due to disc herniation, spinal CT with contrast administration allows for immediate surgical intervention, potentially saving your pet’s mobility.
Because many of these conditions require swift action, diagnostic imaging is often one of the first steps our emergency veterinarians take when faced with a pet crisis.
Digital Imaging: Fast, Safe, and Precise
Digital radiography offers several advantages. It’s a quick process that minimizes discomfort for your pet, often requiring little to no sedation, and exposes them to minimal radiation. Moreover, there’s no time wasted on film processing – the digital images are ready for evaluation instantly.
What sets TrueCare for Pets apart is our commitment to excellence. Not only are your pet’s radiographs or CT scans assessed by our experienced veterinarians, but they are also reviewed by an off-site board-certified small animal veterinary radiologist electronically. This collaborative approach ensures that your pet receives the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Your Pet’s Emergency Ally
At TrueCare for Pets, we are always prepared to handle veterinary emergencies. Our 3,000 sq. foot state-of-the-art facility is ready to provide the care your pet needs, 24/7, 365 days a year – even on holidays. The turnaround time for image interpretation by a radiologist is just a few hours, ensuring that your pet receives the attention they deserve as quickly as possible.