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Ext 1: Surgery Department

  • Veterinary Surgical Group, LLP

Ext 2: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Oncology

  • Veterinary Medical Specialists of Houston

Ext 3: Ophthalmology

  • Gulf Coast Animal Eye Clinic

Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic imaging has undergone a revolution in the past decade. Technologic advances have permitted imaging of areas previously accessible only by surgery or not at all. Bay Area Veterinary Specialists is pleased to offer state of the art imaging modalities in many areas.

CT imaging, commonly known as cat scan, uses x-rays processed in rapid, continuous, minute, helical, multi-slice sections to reveal problems in the head, brain, middle ear, eye, spinal column and cord, throat, thoracic and abdominal cavities. Contrast injections can enhance the detail of the imaging. All images are reviewed by a board certified radiologist for interpretation.

Minimally invasive procedures have rushed to the forefront in human medicine due to the reduced morbidity and recovery times for patients. Scopes are used to diagnose and treat problems in the joints (arthroscopy), gastrointestinal system (endoscopy), nose and pharynx (rhinoscopy), urinary bladder and urethra (cystoscopy), chest cavity (thoracoscopy), and abdominal cavity (laparoscopy).

Ultrasound or echocardiography (sonogram), employs sound waves to generate an image of internal organs of the thorax, abdomen, or permit evaluation of the eye and some more external masses. Color flow Doppler technology enables the specialist to determine blood flow patterns and velocities adding to the diagnostic picture.

Diagnostic Imaging

Fluoroscopy is radiograph (x-ray) technology in a real time or moving image format. It is often used for cardiac catheterization studies, pacemaker lead implantation, stent placement and to aid in diagnosing swallowing disorders, coughing and suspected tracheal problems.

Radiology or radiography (x-rays) uses x-rays to create an image on film or digitally. Imaging of bone, joints, spinal column, thoracic and abdominal organs is readily obtained. Contrast radiography involves the use of dye administration with follow-up radiographs to illuminate the course of the dye.