Some conditions that affect your pet aren’t always evident during a clinic examination, which is why diagnostics such as X-rays, ultrasound and blood pressure monitors are used.

Here at Robin Lewis we use both X-ray and ultrasound technology to help get to the source of the problem quickly.

Both procedures are examples of medical imaging; both are painless and non-invasive.

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and is a useful tool for imaging soft tissue such as the liver, bladder, heart and kidneys.

Our team will use an ultrasound probe, which sends out pulses of very high frequency sound, which penetrate the body’s tissues. Some of the sound waves are reflected when they meet an internal surface. The probe measures these reflected waves to create an image on screen.

X-rays on the other hand produce images of the inside of the body and are an effective way of looking at bones as well as some soft tissue. Animals must be anaethetised or sedated to prevent movement during the procedure to avoid a blurred image.

The digital process allows for rapid results.