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Butler Creek Vets

Diagnostic Imaging

Radiography

Radiography (x-ray) - Our in-house radiography equipment and software utilizes advanced digital technology that allows us to see an image within seconds of taking the radiograph. The digital technology means less radiation is needed and the images are very detailed.​​ Our veterinary assistants and technicians are trained to use the proper techniques when taking radiographs so that our experienced veterinarians can then interpret them. It is important to us that our clients have answers as quickly as possible about the health of their pets.

What Can Traditional Radiographs Help Diagnose?
  • Lungs - pneumonia, metastatic tumors

  • Heart -  heart-based tumors, canine dilated cardiomyopathy, congenital heart diseases, and congestive heart failure

  • Abdomen - enlargement of liver, spleen, kidney, or stomach; splenic abscess or rupture; gastric dilatation and volvulus (bloat); intestinal obstruction; megacolon; linear foreign body; perineal hernia; pregnancy; ruptured bladder; and cystic calculi (bladder stones).

  • Bones - Density changes that may indicate cancer, breaks, fractures

  • Other conditions like megaesophagus, collapsing trachea, many types of different hernias, 

Dental Radiographs:
  • Dental radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools available to a veterinary dentist. They allow a detailed examination of the internal anatomy of the teeth, tooth roots, and the bone that surrounds the roots.

  • Dental x-rays help diagnose many conditions that may otherwise go undiagnosed. For example, dental x-rays can help the doctor discover fractured or broken roots, cysts, tooth resorption, early tumors, or unerupted teeth. They also help clinicians examine teeth that appear healthy but may be compromised on the inside. Periodontal disease can be staged and addressed by examining the dental x-rays for bone loss around tooth roots.

  • The radiation risk to the patient from taking dental radiographs is minimal. Butler Creek Animal Hospital uses digital radiography, which requires less exposure when compared to standard film x-rays. Compared to the traditional skull x-rays, intraoral x-rays provide superior quality for examination of individual teeth or sections of the jaws. Because veterinary patients will not cooperate when a digital sensor is placed in the mouth, taking dental x-rays requires that the patient is anesthetized or sedated.

Ultrasound

​Ultrasound is another non-invasive diagnostic. Many problems that cannot be diagnosed by radiology can be picked up in an ultrasound. It is useful in imaging the heart (we can actually watch how effectively it beats) and organs in the abdomen (such as the liver, spleen, and bladder). Since ultrasounds are moving, real-time images, they are better than X-rays for diagnosing certain conditions

  • Abdominal Ultrasound: This imaging method is useful in being able to see inside certain organs such as the bladder, kidneys, liver, and several others. The doctors at our hospital have undergone specialized training to become proficient, and have all been doing ultrasounds for years.

  • Cardiac Ultrasound: With this form of ultrasound the doctors are able to see how your pet’s heart functions and look for abnormalities with the muscles or valves. This is a very important part of diagnosing and treating your pet’s heart condition.