Advanced Diagnostic Services

X-rays for PetsWhen your pet is ill, a thorough physical examination is only a piece of the puzzle to help us determine what is wrong. Highland Animal Hospital has a full in-house diagnostic laboratory capable of providing immediate blood work results as well as a state-of-the-art veterinary X-ray machine with digital imaging.

When more sophisticated testing is required, we utilize a certified veterinary laboratory that offers the expertise of board certified specialists in pathology, hematology, internal medicine and radiology. For your convenience we can also schedule in-house ultrasounds and electrocardiograms performed by board certified veterinary cardiology and internal medicine specialists.

Digital Radiology

Veterinary X-rays have become a powerful and useful tool in the care of your pet. Images are taken digitally and displayed on a computer and can quickly be manipulated to gain a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs. Diagnosing a wide range of medical conditions is faster and far more accurate than ever before.

The Advantages of Digital Veterinary X-Rays

  • Digital X-rays can be saved to a disk and given to you as part of your pet's home medical record.
  • Images can be quickly shared via email to specialists when a second opinion or additional diagnosis is needed.
  • Your pet's time on the X-ray table is reduced because fewer images need to be taken.
  • Digital X-rays eliminate the need to use toxic chemicals in the film development process, decreasing the risk of exposure to our staff and the environment.

Veterinary Ultrasound for Your Needham Pet

Ultrasound is another important diagnostic tool because it allows us to gain a look at your pet's internal organs, chest and abdomen without surgery or sedation.

Ultrasound is invaluable for making treatment decisions for various types of heart disease. Ultrasound also assess the function and health of internal organs. Additionally, ultrasound can be utilized to identify lesions and determine both their origin and whether they have spread to other areas of the body. Ultrasound is also a very powerful surgical aid; it can help guide your veterinarian while obtaining a biopsy or removing a foreign object from your pet.

In most cases, the procedure is relatively brief, less than an hour, and your pet is able to go home the very same day. Most importantly, though, an ultrasound will help us make an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition and provide effective treatment recommendations.

Veterinary Laboratory TestingIn-House Laboratory

One of the most important aspects of any preventative medicine regimen is the ability to analyze how well your pet's internal organs and processes are functioning. Are the kidneys and liver doing their jobs at removing waste from the blood stream? Does your pet have internal parasites? Is a growth on your pet's skin benign?

Laboratory testing provides us a valuable view inside your pet's body in order to assess overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. This is why we maintain an in-house laboratory and regularly test your pet during wellness exams or when we suspect your pet may have a health issue. In our lab, we can perform urinalysis, parasite identification, fungal cultures, blood chemistry testing, and more. In some cases, we can receive results within minutes.

We also perform testing prior to any procedures that require anesthesia. This is a precautionary step to help ensure that your pet does not have adverse reactions.

If you have any questions about any of Highland Animal Hospital's veterinary diagnostic services, please email us or call us at (781) 433-0467.

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