Diagnostic Imaging (X-ray and Ultrasound)
Our x-ray and ultrasound machines are in almost daily use.
They are the tools that help us visualise the hidden interior
of our patients, in our pursuit of a diagnosis. Neither method
of imaging is perfect, or fool-proof or universally helpful
but the combination of the two gives us a pretty good chance
of, at least, locating the site of the problem.
More advanced imaging equipment such as MRI or CT scanners
are simply not economically viable for a practice of our size
but there are many specialist centres we can refer an animal
to, if necessary.
However, lest we get carried away with the fantastic, but
ever more expensive, advances in diagnostic technology, never
forget that the human hands, eyes, ears and nose of an experienced
veterinary surgeon can diagnose a great many cases without
resorting to anything more technical than a stethoscope
and a thermometer! And that is despite the fact that our patients
cannot actually speak to us.