Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging

Digital Radiographs (X-Rays)

Digital radiology allows for fast, accurate images with minimal exposure to radiation. We strive to keep your pets happy and comfortable during this process with a variety of techniques designed to minimize stress.

Imaging plays a key role in diagnosing a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Heart disease
  • Internal masses/tumors
  • Enlarged internal organs
  • Foreign bodies/obstructions
  • GDV/bloat
  • Arthritic changes to the spine or other joints
  • Pregnancy
  • Dysplasia

Dental Radiographs (X-Rays)

In addition to our regular x-ray unit, we have a dental x-ray machine that allows us to take full-mouth dental x-rays during your pet’s dental procedure, much like you would obtain at your human dentist. This allows us to fully evaluate your pet’s teeth below the gum line, and better assess the need for any dental extractions.


HVC has a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine that allows us to better evaluate the appearance of your pet’s internal organs. Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive method for our veterinarians to identify changes in internal organ appearance, evidence of masses, appearance of free fluid in a body cavity, and diagnose pregnancy and evaluate fetal viability. If your pet requires a full abdominal ultrasound with an internal medicine specialist, we routinely refer patients to board-certified ultrasonographers for an even more thorough internal evaluation.