Diagnostic Care —The First Step Toward Healing
Laparoscopy and Endoscopy
Many diagnostic procedures that once required major surgery can now be accomplished through less invasive endoscopic and laparoscopic techniques. These techniques result in more rapid recovery time for the patient. These advances are due to high-tech fiber optics technology, which aids in the direct visualization, biopsy, and surgical manipulation of many of your pet’s internal structures and organs.
Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center is one of the only veterinary facilities in the Galveston Bay area, the greater Houston area and surrounding communities to have state-of-the-art direct digital radiography (DDR) for both conventional and dental x-rays.
We have an entire suite dedicated to radiology, where we can produce highly detailed x-ray images that our doctors can further enhance, magnify, and even send to a specialist in veterinary radiology for further evaluation. Copies of the x-rays can be saved to disk and made available to you.
Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to painlessly examine internal structures of the body, including the abdomen and thorax-in particular, the heart. Because ultrasound gives us live-action images, we are able to see the heart operate in real time and take measurements of how well it is functioning.
Ultrasound is also used for obtaining biopsy samples, and can even be used to look at tendons and structures within the eye.
For the convenience of our clients and for rapid results of routine diagnostic testing on our patients, we maintain a full on-site diagnostic lab. For more specialized testing, we use an outside lab service that picks up samples from our hospital on a daily basis. Turnaround time is rapid, and results are downloaded directly into your pet’s medical records through our integrated management software.