An ultrasound scan is a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of the body’s soft tissues and internal organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys, intestines in order to look for disease and abnormalities. It can also be used as a guide to obtain biopsies from internal organs.
It is also a commonly-used technique to look at parts of the eye and orbit that cannot be viewed directly.
Endoscopes are thin cameras that can be inserted into the body via natural openings. At AMCR we have a large selection of different types of endoscopes for our clinicians to choose from allowing them to visualise the ear canal, eye, nasal tract, digestive tract, upper and lower respiratory tract, urinary tract.
Similar to endoscopy, but by making a small incision rather than using the natural openings of the body, it is possible to use endoscopes for examination and surgical procedures in the abdominal and thoracic cavities, brain, eye and joints. These can be used to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures commonly known as keyhole surgeries, for example, to neuter bitches and obtain biopsies of internal organs.
An X-ray is a safe and painless procedure that’s often used to produce images of the inside of the body.
X-rays can also be used to examine organs and identify problems. For example, an X-ray can highlight a lung infection, such as pneumonia and identify and define fractures and dental disease.
They are also often used by surgeons during therapeutic procedures, such as the investigation of digestive, respiratory and urinary tracts and cardiac function.
A wide variety of samples can be examined using laboratory tests. Some tests can be performed ‘in house’ in our on-site laboratories whilst others require highly specialised equipment or techniques. Such samples need to be sent to external diagnostic laboratories.
Nerves and muscles (including the heart muscle) produce electrical signals when they are working. These signals can be detected by sensitive electronic equipment and the results used to determine whether they are functioning normally. In AMC we perform a range of electrodiagnostic tests including:
CT scanning uses x-rays to provide cross sectional images of the patient that give valuable diagnostic information on any part of the body. It is useful in diagnosis of soft tissue and bony pathology.
An MRI uses an electromagnetic field to create cross section images. It is used for examination of soft tissue, ligament and tendon injuries, spinal cord injuries, peripheral nerve disease and brain abnormalities. Contrast medium can be used to highlight areas of increased or reduced blood flow and inflammation.