CT (Computed Tomography)

CTCT2

Espanola Animal Hospital is proud to announce the addition of a new Samsung Ceretom 8-slice portable CT to our diagnostic suite. We are thrilled to bring advanced imaging and surgical opportunities to our Northern Ontario pets after several years of planning.

CT (computed tomography) is an advanced imaging technique that uses xray “slices” to produce images through a patient in multiple planes. Any anatomical or structural feature or condition that produces a space-occupying effect can be imaged by CT. These image slices can be viewed as individual frames or they can be reconstructed by a computer to generate a 3D rendering of the patient. These 3D renderings may be manipulated in space and tissue layers can be added or subtracted to allow the user to basically take the patient apart and look inside them digitally. The addition of surgical planning software or a 3D printer can allow the user to plan and practice complex surgical procedures on a plastic model of the patient in advance of the actual surgery.

ct-scan-button

 

Endoscopy

arthroscopy

Espanola Animal Hospital is proud to offer endoscopic diagnosis and surgery to our clients. We are proud to be the first facility in Canada to install and showcase the new Arthrex Synergy Arthroscopic surgery console.  All of our patients that go to surgery for cruciate repair now receive minimally invasive arthroscopic examination and surgery as part of the procedure.  We also offer other rigid endoscopic procedures such as rhinoscopy, that are discussed with clients on an as needed basis.  We continue to add new procedures as we upgrade our skills and training.  Acquiring the Synergy console is part of our ongoing commitment to you and your pet to provide the most advanced surgeries and techniques possible.

 

Fluoroscopy

FluroscopyFluroscopy

A fluoroscope is a special type of xray  machine that has multiple purposes.  It can produce still images or video-clips  (“moving x-rays”) when dynamic studies are required.  Our fluoroscope is also called a C-arm because of its shape, which allows it to move in multiple planes around the patient.  Because of this ability, it can be used as an intra-operative imaging device.

We utilize fluoroscopy during our orthopedic surgeries to check the alignment of broken bones or dislocated joints, aim and place implants minimally invasively, check accuracy and immediately correct implant placement and obtain “post-op” images without removing the patient from the operating table.   The fluoroscope helps us ensure that our orthopedic surgeries are performed perfectly before we even start closing the surgical incision!   This saves a minimum of 30 minutes anesthesia time per patient and has reduced our incidence of “revision” surgery to essentially zero percent.

Fluoroscopy has a multitude of other applications.  It may be used intra-operatively during soft tissue surgery to help locate gastrointestinal foreign bodies and bladder stones.  It may be used with a contrast agent to image the spinal canal (a myelogram) to check for spinal disease or to perform motility studies of the esophagus or upper GI tract.  There are many other uses for which fluoroscopy is particularly useful.  Espanola Animal Hospital is the only facility in Northern Ontario with this capability.

 

Radiology

Espanola Animal Hospital offers radiology as part of our diagnostic medicine protocol. Radiology is an important tool in diagnosing a wide range of conditions and an integral part of our practice.  Good quality radiographs are also essential for our orthopedic program for both diagnosis and surgical planning, which is why we continue to use real film.  When necessary, outside referral to a specialist for interpretation is available.

 

Ultrasound

Ultrasound

 

We are proud to offer ultrasound imaging as part of our comprehensive diagnostic work up.  Ultrasound offers another dimension in diagnostic imaging and compliments the standard x-ray imaging we have been using for years.  Ultrasound images are taken in house and can be read immediately and/or sent to a board certified radiologist for further consultation as needed.

Ultrasound machines emit high frequency sound waves that are directed at internal organs.  These sound waves bounce off organs and produce an “echo” of sound.  This echo is then converted back into a visual image by a hand held transducer and the image is displayed on a screen for the veterinarian to see.

Ultrasound procedures can be used for examinations of various organ systems in a non invasive manner and usually with minimal to no sedation.  Pregnancy diagnosis, gastro-intestinal and bladder problems, heart and lung evaluation and abdominal masses are only some of the current uses for small animal veterinary ultrasound