Diagnostic imaging is a term we use to describe the equipment and expertise that allows our vets to create images of internal organs and cavities that they can then use to aid diagnosis. Our specialist diagnostic imaging machines fall into two categories:
Ultrasound and Radiography (X-Rays)
Generally speaking, our vets use ultrasound imaging to examine soft tissues and structures, as well as motion. They use X-rays for taking static images of hard structures like bones and air-filled organs like the lungs.
We have vets with a specific interest and who are specially trained in diagnostic imaging at East Grinstead, as well as our Edenbridge and Horley branches.
These vets use our advanced digital x-ray machines to take high quality images that they can view almost immediately and at a resolution that highlights even subtle abnormalities. We also have ultrasound machines at all our practices that our vets use for non-invasive investigation of organs like the kidneys, heart, and liver, as well as for confirming pet pregnancies.
As we have invested in having all the equipment and expertise we need at each of our three surgeries, Portland Vets are one of the few practices who are able to complete internal investigations safely and quickly whilst minimising the need to move the patient. This facilitates quicker and more accurate diagnosis, which in turn allows for swifter referrals, leading to more generally favourable outcomes.
If you are not already a client at Portland, you may like to know that our services are available to pet owners across West Sussex and beyond. We attract clients from places like Ardingly, Copthorne, and Newchapel who are looking for a vet practice that can offer all the care a pet will need under one roof.