Visual diagnostics (X-ray and ultrasound) – what they give us and why it is sometimes important to do both check-ups.
As a rule, after checking the animal, depending on symptoms and age, we start the diagnosis with blood tests, but in many cases we need additional examinations to find the cause of the problem. Of course, each method has pros and cons, so always listen to what your doctor advises.
With the help of radiological examination we can detect :
Ultrasound gives us more information about the condition of an organ, as we can “look inside the organ”, that means we can see the structure and the smallest changes of it. For example, when assessing the function of some organs, a blood test is not enough, because in the early stages the organ is able to compensate for the partial loss of function, and we see changes in the blood only when the work of the organ is impaired by 75%, as in kidney or liver failure. We can also identify:
Both methods complement each other. By talking with you and learning about symptoms, we can find the best diagnostic plan to make a diagnosis and prescribe the right treatment.