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Radiology and Ultrasound

At Riverview Animal Clinic we offer state-of-the-art imaging services with our digital radiograph (‘x-ray’) and ultrasound machines.

Compared to standard radiography, digital radiography produces x-rays at a much faster speed, which means less wait time for a diagnosis. The images are also much higher quality and can be manipulated on the computer, which helps our doctors to make a more accurate diagnosis. Digital images are automatically stored for easy retrieval so that we can readily access them during future visits.

We also offer ultrasound which allows us to look at internal organs without the need for surgery. The ultrasound is noninvasive, with only the need for a small probe to be placed on your pet. The probe sends and receives sound waves that are immediately transformed to an image on a computer. The advantage of ultrasound is that it is better than x-rays for looking more directly at certain soft tissue structures. Ultrasound is most commonly used to diagnose abdominal (stomach and intestine) disorders but can be used to diagnose problems with other organs (like the heart or the urinary bladder) and to diagnose early pregnancy. Our doctors have received extra training on ultrasound, both at various conferences and at an in-house training session from radiologists at Washington State University.

For more information on x-rays or ultrasound, give us a call at Riverview Animal Clinic (509-758-5022).

Below are x-rays of the pelvis, femur (upper leg bone) and hip joints (the part of the photos that is circled) of two different dogs. In the ‘good hips’ photo, the bone of the hip joint is very smooth and regular. In the ‘bad hips’ photo, the bone is very rough and irregular.