Society Hill's Diagnostic Care

X-Rays for Cats and Dogs

X-Rays for Cats and DogsRadiographs (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 such as ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.

In order to provide your pet with the best medical care, Society Hill Veterinary Hospital uses the latest in computerized radiology equipment as part of your pet's diagnostic care. Digital radiographic images are far more detailed and offer a range of features that enhance your veterinarian's 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—Cardiopet or PetRad—for timely second opinions.

Society Hill Veterinary Hospital's Dr. Casavacchia is also certified to perform PennHIP procedures for diagnosing hip dysplasia.

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Veterinary Ultrasound

Veterinary UltrasoundUltrasound 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.

It 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, bladder scans and other areas such as the thyroid glands, 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 on your pet, an ultrasound can 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. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

Society Hill Veterinary Hospital uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technologies and is up-to-date on ultrasound assisted procedures such as abdominal, cardiac, guided biopsy, pregnancy and pyometra, urogenital and emergency. Our ultrasounds are sent to Antech's Sound Technologies, our radiographs to PetRad, and our EKGs to Idexx Cardiopet for interpretation by board-certified specialists.

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Society Hill's Lab

Society Hill's LabPerforming preventative medicine as well as diagnosing emerging internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.

For example, diagnostic testing can detect heartworm disease, Lyme disease, infections, feline leukemia, intestinal parasites, urinary tract infections, and many additional diseases and conditions that can go unnoticed in their early stages. Early blood testing can show evidence of disease such as diabetes, changes in liver or kidney function, or simply provide a baseline for future reference. Diagnostic testing is also included in pre-anesthetic screenings prior to dental or surgical procedures that require general anesthesia.

Society Hill Veterinary Hospital has a complete in-house laboratory. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes.

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