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Digital Pet X-raysDigital Radiography

At Westarbor Animal Hospital, we use the latest in advanced computerized radiology as part of your pet's diagnostic care. Digital radiographs (x-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions, such as examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. A digital 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, digital x-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.

Digital radiography is a form of x-ray imaging that replaces traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally enhance images. Less radiation is also used to produce an image of similar detail than that of conventional radiography, while reducing the time needed to take images of your pet.

In addition, digital radiographs are safer for our employees and the environment. They can also be copied to a DVD disc, allowing pet owners to maintain copies for their records, and can be made easily available for specialist consultations.


Ultrasound is an advanced, non-invasive dtiagnostic imaging technique that is painless. A computer image is displayed using sound waves that help us evaluate the liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands, lymph nodes, gall bladder, and urinary bladder. Ultrasound can be used to avoid unnecessary surgery as it allows us to detect the spread of cancer.

In-House Lab for veterinary testsComplete Laboratory

Laboratory testing allows Dr. Clarkson and Dr. Anderson to obtain necessary information to assess your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. We have a complete in-house laboratory and in many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes. We also utilize a comprehensive outside laboratory that we are often able to get results from within 24 hours.

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, including those for blood testing, biopsies, microscopic examinations, bacterial culture sensitivity, and more, it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.

This is why we regularly perform tests during your pet's wellness exams or when we suspect your pet may have a health issue.