Diagnostic Imaging & Laboratory Services

Pet Radiography

Radiographs (X-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many veterinary medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An X-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures like ultrasound, X-rays can accurately diagnose veterinary problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.

Mill Creek Animal Hospital utilizes modern X-ray technologies and is up-to-date on the latest radiographic procedures. These include automated whole-body imaging and computerized dental radiography. We also work closely with board certified cardiologists, internists, orthopedic specialists, and radiologists to provide timely second opinions.

Ultrasound for Non-Invasive Pet Diagnostics

Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image of your pet's internal organs. Often considered more exact than radiographs, ultrasound provides a movie of what is happening inside your pet's body.

It is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs including the spleen, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. It can also be used to evaluate heart functions, the bladder and other areas such as the thyroid glands, testicles and mammary glands.

Ultrasound also works well in conjunction with other diagnostic tools and a wide range of diagnostic procedures. For example, if an X-ray shows a lesion on your pet, an ultrasound can determine the origin of the lesion and whether it has spread elsewhere in your pet's body. Using the ultrasound image as a guide, surgical biopsies can be obtained without major surgery and your pet can often go home the same day. Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

Dr. Martin D. Gilmore, our Chief of Medicine, performs all of our ultrasound studies and has advanced training in diagnostic ultrasound procedures. We offer routine as well as advanced abdominal, cardiac and obstetric ultrasound services for pets. We are also able to perform ultrasound-guided needle aspirates and biopsies.

Onsite Laboratory Services

Performing preventative veterinary medicine as well as diagnosing emergent internal health issues requires the ability to perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine, feces, and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.

As a full-service American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited hospital, Mill Creek Animal Hospital maintains a complete, in-house diagnostic laboratory. Our lab is capable of providing a wide range of evaluations for ill or critically injured pets as well as wellness profiles for our surgical and senior patients.