Last year we upgraded one of our 3 ultrasound units, importing from USA the latest GE LOGIQ e Vet unit to match the rapidly increasing skills of Dr Kelly Phillips. This unit would be the most advanced in the top part of the South Island and Kelly now receives referrals from other clinics for diagnostics and ultrasound guided biopsies.
We have the equipment and skills to perform a wide range of laboratory tests immediately on site. This is invaluable in critical care and emergency situations. It is also an important part of our everyday diagnostic service, giving your pet the best chance by getting it right first time.
Getting results from pre-anaesthetic screening tests promptly, or the results of routine health screens while you wait is not only a great convenience, but reduces worry.
The practice has 3 endoscope units which are very useful for examinations into the respiratory system, stomach or rectum without the invasiveness of surgery.
The Vet Centre clinics offer on the spot diagnostics for fine needle biopsies of suspected diseased tissue, ski scrapings, ear infections samples so that we can be accurate in our diagnoses and prescription of medications.
Digital DR Radiology
XRay of a pregnant cat showing the foetuses. By digitally measuring the skull size of the foetuses and the pelvic canal, it was apparent that a normal delivery was not possible, so an immediate ceasarian was performed producing 7 healthy kittens.
Just over two years ago we made the decision to change from the traditional film processing X-Ray system to the latest DR Digital X-Ray technology and it would have to be one of the most significant technology moves we have made. The system is fully portable enabling instance results in the field when X-Raying horses and most importantly, the quality of the images is so advanced from traditional film that the vet is provided with very clear information to assist with a diagnosis.
Digital DR Radiology for Companion Animals
The Vet Centre utilises two digital DR systems, one in each clinic, to capture digital radiographic images. This system allows us to capture and analyse images and choose appropriate treatment options immediately. Digital Imaging allows manipulation of the contrast of the image to allow more accurate diagnosis. We are able to magnify very specific areas of the image with no loss of quality. Digital images also allow us to quickly obtain consultation from Specialists who might be anywhere in the world, contactable by email transfer of the digital Xray image for advanced evaluation, and discussion on treatments as necessary. We are also able to readily copy the images and supply to owners if requested.
Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography. Traditional development of photographic Xray film requires chemicals which pose a health and safety concern to staff.
Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability; elimination of costly film processing steps; a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure; as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display of the image.
There are two types of digital systems used in Veterinary Practice. They are CR and DR. CR systems are older, involve more steps in the process, are slower and generally of lower quality. They are better than film XRays, but not as good as DR systems. DR Digital is almost instant, very high quality with no steps in the process from taking the Xray to having the image on your computer screen. But to purchase they are much more expensive, with the sensor plate being the major component of that cost.
At the Vet Centre, we were so pleased with our first DR purchase, that we have since bought a second one for Motueka clinic.
In addition they are both very portable and are frequently used in the field for XRaying horses and occasionally other species.
Xray of a Turtle showing her eggs inside her.
CT Scan (Computed Tomography) Technology
The Nelson Radiology Group is now offering The Vet Centre the ability to do CT scans for pets. CT (computed tomography) is able to produce absolutely stunning images and is particulalry useful where xray and ultrasound images struggle.
In particular, accurately defining the extent of tumour lesions in and around important blood vessles so that a single successful surgery can be accomplished, musculoskeletal disease – especially lumbosacral disk disease, and intracranial disease in pets suffering from seizures
We are lucky to be able to offer this sevice. Under most circumstances CT scans can be done under sedation only and are very quick to complete – this minimises the risks to your special companions.