Radiology

Pet X-raysCountryside Veterinary Hospital in Howell is equipped with a State of the Art I-Vision CR Digital X-ray unit and standard X-Ray dental film capability.

Radiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for you and your pet.

In order to provide your pet with the best medical care, we use the latest in computerized radiology equipment as part of our diagnostic care procedures. Digital radiographic images are far more detailed and offer a range of features that enhance our ability to make an accurate diagnosis. Because our radiographs are digital, we are also able to easily submit them electronically to a board certified radiologist for timely second opinions. In addition, our digital radiography system allows us to transfer your pet's radiographs to a CD, making it easy for you to take them to a specialist if necessary.

Ultrasound

Countryside Veterinary Hospital uses modern ultrasound technologies and is up-to-date on the latest ultrasound assisted procedures. In certain complex cases, we can bring a specialist onsite to read or perform ultrasound studies.

Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet's internal organs. Often considered more exact than radiographs, ultrasound provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet's body.

Ultrasound is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart functions, do bladder scans and view other areas such as the thyroid gland, testicles and mammary glands.

Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion in your pet, an ultrasound may be able to determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet's body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasound imaging can reveal cancer, heart lesions, enlarged spleens, and many other conditions. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

  • Routine Abdominal Scans
  • Ultrasound-guided Fine Needle Aspirate with In-House Cytology available
  • Cystocentesis via Ultrasound
  • Canine & Feline Pregnancy Evaluations
  • Ultrasound-Howell office

In-House Laboratory

LaboratoryOne of the most important aspects of any preventive medicine regimen is the ability to analyze how well your pet's internal organs and processes are functioning. For example, are the kidneys and liver doing their jobs at removing waste from the blood stream? Does your pet have internal parasites?

At Countryside Veterinary Hospital we maintain an in-house laboratory and can regularly test your pet during wellness exams or when we suspect your pet may have a health issue.

Generally, we can have results within 15 minutes for the following tests: Complete Blood Count, blood chemistry, urinalysis, electrolytes, blood clotting, microscopic examination of blood, and pathology, bile acids, T4 (thyroid analysis), and cortisol levels.

Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a method of non-invasively looking inside the esophagus, stomach and intestines by passing a tiny camera on a tube through the mouth into the upper gastrointestinal tract. With upper GI endoscopy we can:

  • Visualize and examine the inner surface of the esophagus, stomach and intestines,
  • Remove foreign body material from the stomach and esophagus
  • Collect biopsies of the stomach and intestines.

The following procedures are available in our Howell office:

  • Esophageal/Gastric/Duodenal evaluation and biopsies
  • Tracheoscopy/Rhinoscopy
  • Endoscopic Guided Installment of Gastric (PEG) feeding tubes in feline patients
  • Countryside Veterinary Hospital is equipped with a Schott 210cm endoscope and an Olympus pediatric endoscope