Diagnostic Services

 

Digital Radiographs

Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common, useful diagnostic tools in medicine. After performing a thorough examination, diagnostic tests are sometimes necessary to identify the underlying cause of your companion's illness.

The veterinary team at Animal Hospital of Stone Park uses digital X-rays to examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:

  • They can be immediately viewed on a computer monitor.
  • The clear, detailed images can be manipulated to get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs, leading to a faster, more accurate diagnosis.
  • They take less time to process, which means less time for your pet on the X-ray table (and less stress), and less waiting time for you.
  • No harsh chemicals are needed to develop the images, reducing potential harm to our staff and the environment.
  • If a second opinion is necessary, digital X-rays can be sent by email to a board-certified veterinary radiologist.

Advanced diagnostic capabilities are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, especially because we can't simply ask our patients what is wrong. Our investment in digital X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.


Ultrasound

Abdominal Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure we use to evaluate your pet's internal organs. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet's health. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet's organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone. One of the most important uses for ultrasound technology at Animal Hospital of Stone Park is to observe your pet's abdominal organs, including the liver, stomach, spleen, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, bladder, uterus, and prostate.

The images produced allow our specially trained veterinarians to assess the shape size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of your pet's abdominal organs, as well as identify masses, tumors, and abnormal lymph nodes.

The procedure can take between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment and minimize your worry and stress.


Our In-House Laboratory


Animal Hospital of Stone Park maintains a full-service diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, electrolytes, urinalysis, fecal exams, cytology evaluations, and other valuable tests for your pet. With our advanced laboratory technology, we are able to receive fast and accurate results, helping to determine your pet's diagnosis and what treatment therapy is required.

Our complete in-house laboratory is particularly essential to our emergency and critical care cases. We also offer several tests as part of your pet's wellness exam and specialized testing if your pet is in his or her senior years. For many tests we can often have results within 15 minutes.


ECG


The IDEXX Cardiopet ECG Device Offers a Better Work Flow for ECGs That’s Easier On Pets Too. Our Veterinarians are excited about the new CardioPet ECG Device, and with good reason. The device allows us to capture and stream our patient's electrocardiograms (ECGs) wirelessly to a PC or Android device.

No more using a telephone to send ECGs—the CardioPet software transmits ECGs directly to a board certified cardiologist. What’s more, we can now capture readings from all six leads together in real time and transmit them all at once, vastly improving the ECG work flow.

Another feature of the new CardioPet device that’s getting rave reviews: the leads feature comfort clips with flat tips that connect with less pressure to alleviate discomfort and help animals stay calm.