Advanced Imaging

Animal Emergency Medical Center uses advanced diagnostic imaging that can benefit patients. It detects diseases and conditions early allowing our veterinarians to determine our patient’s health care treatments they need.


Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your pet’s body. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.


Fluoroscopy is a non-invasive imaging modality that uses x-rays to produce a real-time moving image. Fluoroscopy allows our specialists to capture, monitor, replay, and manipulate video of a specific part of the body while it is in motion.

Traditionally more invasive surgical options may have been required without the assistance of fluoroscopy. This technology gives Animal Emergency Medical Center the capability to provide your pet with the most current advancements in veterinary medicine in addition to the development of new and less invasive treatments for current diseases processes.

Fluoroscopy is used to diagnose problems such as: 

  • Swallowing disorders such as strictures
  • Collapsing trachea
  • Motility problems of the stomach and intestines
  • Flow of blood through abnormal vessels

Computed Tomography (CT)

More commonly known as a CT or CAT scan, is a diagnostic medical test that, like traditional x-rays, produces multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body.

The cross-sectional images generated during a CT scan can be reformatted in multiple planes, and can even generate three-dimensional images. These images can be viewed on a computer monitor, printed on film or transferred to a CD or DVD.

  • Quickly identify injuries to the lungs, heart, and vessels, liver, spleen, kidneys, bowel or other internal organs in cases of trauma
  • Guide biopsies and other procedures such as abscess drainages and minimally invasive tumor treatments.
  • Plan for and assess the results of surgery, such as organ transplants or gastric bypass.
  • Stage, plan and properly administer radiation treatments for tumors as well as Monitor response to chemotherapy.
  • Measure bone mineral density for the detection of osteoporosis.
  • CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels typically provide greater detail than traditional x-rays, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels.

Using specialized equipment and expertise to create and interpret CT scans of the body, radiologists can more easily diagnose problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, appendicitis, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.


Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a patient’s digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, your veterinarian can view pictures of the digestive tract on a color TV monitor.

  • The Respiratory Tract: The trachea and upper airways can be examined using a flexible fiber-optic endoscope
  • The Nasal Cavity: The inside of the nostrils and nasal cavity can be examined using a rigid endoscope
  • The Oesophagus: The oesophagus is the part of the intestine which connects the mouth to the stomach, along which food and liquids pass
  • The Gastro-intestine: The Stomach & Bowel are also examined by flexible endoscopes
  • The ear: Rigid endoscopy permits examination of the tympanic membrane (eardrum)
  • The joints: Special fine arthroscopes are used to image the joints