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Radiology & EKG

Radiographs (x-rays) are an essential diagnostic tool for veterinarians. With them, they can see what lies hidden below the surface of the skin. Nassau Veterinary Clinic is equipped with both a conventional x-ray machine and a special dental x-ray unit for oral radiography and exotics. Radiographs help the veterinarian make diagnoses in many ways. Fractured bones, an enlarged heart, fluid or air in the chest, identification of foreign bodies, arthritis, bladder stones or abnormal growths or tumors all can be visualized through radiography. Dental radiography helps us diagnose tooth abscesses, retained teeth and other painful conditions so that the right decision can be made before any extractions are done. A high quality processor enables us to have radiographs available for viewing within a few minutes.

Special radiographic techniques can also be performed using dyes or barium, which outline or reveal internal abnormalities. In some cases, human mammography film and cassettes are used giving ultra fine detail. Many people are familiar with OFA radiographs of the hips, a subjective way to check for hip dysplasia. At NVC we also offer the PennHIP procedure which is an objective way of evaluating loose hips in very young dogs. The PennHIP procedure is very specialized and one veterinarian at NVC is certified to perform them.

If an examination or clinical history of your pet suggests a heart disorder, the first diagnostic step usually includes chest x-rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG). An ECG can be done quickly and easily during your visit to provide the doctor with information to best help your pet. In some cases these tests will provide enough information to arrive at a diagnosis. In other cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be necessary to identify the disorders within the heart chambers themselves.

NVC uses a high frequency x-ray machine to provide the best detail possible and our technicians are trained in safety and technique to make the radiograph procedure a positive experience for your pets.