Animal Care Center of North Jersey Diagnostic Services

Instant Results—In-House Laboratory, Digital X Ray and Ultrasound

Digital Radiologynj pet xrays

X-rays are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At Animal Care Center of North Jersey and Companion Veterinary Hospital of Wayne, we use digital 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.

To provide you with the highest quality Northern New Jersey veterinary care for your pet, we have invested in two standard digital X-Ray units and two digital dental X-Ray machines. 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 to get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs, leading to a faster 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 staff and the environment.
  • If a second opinion is necessary, digital X-rays can be sent to a specialist by email.

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

Veterinary Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure that we use to evaluate your pet's internal organs. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet's health. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your pet's organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone.

At Animal Care Center of North Jersey and Companion Veterinary Hospital of Wayne, we use ultrasounds to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure and position of your pet's abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram) and diagnose pregnancy. It can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies.

The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment and minimize your worry and stress. north jersey veterinary ultrasoundDr. Debra Morris is board certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine and is specially trained in the use of ultrasound to evaluate the heart, chest and abdominal organs.

In-House Veterinary Laboratory

When performing regular pet wellness examinations or diagnosing an illness, what veterinarians can't see is as important, if not more important, than what they can see.

Because protecting your pet's health is the hospital's most important job, we have a complete in-house veterinary diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform a wide range of tests on blood, urine, feces and tissue samples while you wait with most results available within 15 minutes. Without timely access to these precise test results, it would be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health. Test results can also help us in the early detection of diseases and other conditions affecting your pet's health and well-being.

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