Diagnostic Services

Digital Radiographs

<? echo $title; ?>Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine because of their ability to penetrate tissues and show your pet's organs and bones. At Lassiter Animal Hospital, 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 can tell us what we need to know.

Because X-rays are such a valuable diagnostic tool, Lassiter Animal Hospital 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 so we can get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs, leading to a quicker 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 be sent by email to a specialist.

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

Echocardiography

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your pet's heart. Echocardiography is a standard non-invasive technique for assessing cardiac anatomy and function and diagnosing many types of heart problems. Because the heart is a very complex organ, animals, like humans, can suffer from a wide variety of heart diseases. Using ultrasound, our highly-trained veterinarians can watch your pet's heart in motion and measure each of its parts.

For moving organs like the heart, an echocardiogram is a valuable diagnostic tool. Ultrasound allows us to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and best treatment options for your pet. It is one way we fulfill our promise to help your pet live the longest and healthiest life possible.

Echocardiography is a safe, painless procedure and generally takes about 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

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Performing preventive medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Lassiter Animal Hospital's complete in-house laboratory means that we offer you and your pet access to precise test results and an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health without making you wait unnecessarily. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities provide us with test results within minutes.

Laboratory testing also allows our veterinarians to obtain additional information about your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. For example, annual wellness blood and urine tests 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.

Telemedicine

When your pet comes to Lassiter Animal Hospital, he or she has access to leading veterinary specialists across the country. We use an advanced telemedicine system for consulting with specialists in a number of different fields. We consult with specialists on complex cases or when a confirmation of diagnosis might be helpful. Our telemedicine system allows for fast, accurate consultations when needed.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the diagnostic services we offer, please email or call us at (770) 998-5100.

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