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Veterinary Digital Radiology

X-rays are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At Rose Rock Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort, we use 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. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray often tells us what we need to know.

To provide Norman with the highest quality veterinary care, Rose Rock Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort has invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:

  • They are immediately able to be 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 and 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 easily be sent by email to a specialist.

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

Veterinary Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure that 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.

We use ultrasound to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure and position of your pet's abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram) and diagnose pregnancy. It can also be used to identify masses or tumors, and as a guide during surgical biopsies.

The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform, and does not typically require sedation (except during a surgical biopsy). 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.

Pet Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that is used to assess the interior surfaces of an organ. Endoscopes are flexible video cameras with working channels that are inserted into areas of the body (such as the gastrointestinal tract or the respiratory tract) for high-resolution investigation.

Endoscopy is commonly used for tissue and organ biopsies, to remove foreign objects (particularly in the stomach) or get an inside view of a particular part of your pet's body. Even though anesthesia is required to keep your pet still during the endoscopic procedure, compared to a traditional surgical procedure, the amount of anesthesia and recovery time is greatly reduced.

Video Otoscopy

Rose Rock Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort has invested in an advanced video otoscope to perform veterinary ear exams that allow us to accurately diagnose and properly treat your pet's ear problems. Along with providing a detailed look at your pet's ear canal and ear drum, we also use the otoscope to flush and remove any foreign material from your pet's ears. Similar to an endoscope, a video otoscope is equipped with a small camera that transmits images from the ear canal to a video monitor, giving your veterinarian an up-close view of your pet's ear during surgical and diagnostic procedures. It also allows for improved diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities for pets with external ear disease.

In-House Veterinary Laboratory

Rose Rock Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort has both in-house laboratory and outside laboratory options to best suit the diagnostic needs of your pet. Laboratory testing is an important component of diagnosing a pet's condition; therefore, we like to have options which will best suit your pet's needs.

Specially trained veterinary technicians staff our laboratory and are capable of processing your pet's sample to provide quick and accurate results for the veterinarian. Once your pet's laboratory results are in hand, the veterinarians and technicians can begin your pet's treatment immediately.

Outside laboratories are used for specialized testing or when urgency is not needed. We believe that certain tests should only be conducted by laboratories that have specialized equipment or training in a particular discipline to give us the most accurate diagnosis possible.

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