Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Our Siemens 1.5T MRI uses computer-generated radio waves and a powerful magnetic field produce detailed anatomical images. MRI is a non-invasive diagnostic method that allows the specialist to view internal organs without exploratory surgery or radiation exposure. This machine has the same quality and capabilities as human imaging facility magnets.
We have recently added a Philips C arm to our imaging
modalities. The C arm is a fluoroscopy machine that uses X-rays to
obtain real-time moving images of the interior of an object. This allows
the clinician to see the internal structure and function of an organ in a
dynamic manner. Extremely helpful applications of fluoroscopy include
inserting stents (tracheal, urethral and ureteral), minimally invasive fracture
repair, contrast studies of the GI and urinary tract, as well as neurologic
Computed Tomography (CT)
Our Toshiba Aquilon 4 slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner is a high-resolutions X-ray imaging tool that produces 360-degree views of a patient’s internal body. CT is a non-invasive diagnostic method that allows the specialist to produce rapid, precise, and clear dimensional imaging of organs, bones and tissue.
Digital radiography refers to imaging modalities that obtain a digital radiographic image without using film. This technology is important in veterinary medicine because it offers several advantages over traditional film-base radiography. Advantages over film x-rays include improved imaging latitude, fewer retakes (reduce radiation exposure), access to teleoradiology, and improved patient care through better image quality.
Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response Testing
A BAER test is the recording of the brainstem potentials in response to an auditory click stimulus in the ear canal. This test measures the electrical signal to the brain generated by hearing. The BAER detects electrical activity in the cochlea and in the auditory pathways, similar to an antenna detecting a TV signal.
Electromyography (EMG) is used to demonstrate changes in the electrical activity of a muscle in its resting state, following electrical stimulation or voluntary reflex activation.
Nerve Conduction studies help to delineate the extent, distribution and type of neural disease.
Peripheral nerve and muscle biopsy may follow EMG studies to historically define the disease process that was recognized electrically as abnormal.
Myelographic studies provide diagnostic visibility of spinal cord and its relationship within the spinal cord.
Cerebrospinal Fluid Analysis
Cerebrospinal fluid is fluid found in the subarachnoid space, surrounding the brain and spinal cord. The subarachnoid space is the area between the tough outermost membrane layer (called the dura mater), and the softer innermost layer (the pia mater), that covers the brain and spinal cord. The cerebrospinal fluid is produced by specialized cells (called the choroid plexus), lining the fluid chambers (lateral ventricles), inside each of the two brain hemispheres. The fluid is constantly produced and moves along channels in the brain and on the outside of the brain and spinal cord within the subarachnoid space. The fluid is absorbed by cells within the arachnoid layer.