Modern Veterinary Diagnostic Technology
& Laboratory Testing

veterinary diagnostics

Veterinary medicine has advanced in recent years to include diagnostic techniques for vastly improved veterinary care. Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates agree: Accurate diagnosis relies on quality technology and experienced professionals skilled at interpreting results.

Our team offers a variety of services as a means of providing excellent care to our patients. Our state-of-the-art medicine and diagnostic testing includes the following services:

Veterinary Laboratory

Our veterinary hospital includes a modern diagnostic laboratory equipped to provide rapid and accurate test results. This benefits our pet patients by allowing us to implement treatments as early as possible. It also enables us to run blood work or other tests to evaluate patient progress and monitor medications.


Radiology/X-rays

Radiographs, commonly called an X-rays, are a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. An X-ray offers a detailed look inside the body, providing information not visible from the outside. X-rays can be used to evaluate almost any organ in the body including the heart, lungs, abdominal organs, and bones. X-rays are painless, completely noninvasive, and safe due to the relatively low doses of radiation.


Ultrasound

Diagnostic ultrasound is a powerful tool in diagnostic veterinary medicine. Ultrasonography uses ultrasound waves to produce an image. Unlike other imaging techniques, ultrasonography does not use radiation. Instead, it uses high-frequency sound waves to create a picture of the inside your pet’s body. Ultrasound is a completely noninvasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases. Ultrasound images produced in real time are used to evaluate organs as they function, joints in motion, or the heart as it beats.


Endoscopy/Laparoscopy

Endoscopy can have many uses in veterinary medicine. A fiber optic endoscope is a long, narrow tube with a tiny camera at the tip providing a full-color, magnified view of the area. An endoscope can be rigid or flexible and is sterilized to safely insert into the body. With a patient under anesthesia, an endoscope can be inserted into various places on the body, including:

  • the mouth to examine the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine
  • the anus to examine the colon and lower intestine

We can even use an endoscope to remove small objects that dogs and cats sometimes swallow or to perform biopsies of internal organs.


Laparoscopy is another minimally invasive procedure. It is a safe technique that minimizes trauma, uses reduced amounts of anesthesia, and promotes rapid, less painful recovery. The laparoscopic procedure involves passing a small needle into the abdomen and inflating the area with carbon dioxide gas. Specific surgical instruments are then inserted into the abdomen through small incisions to perform needed procedures. Images from the laparoscopic scope are magnified on a monitor for a highly detailed view of the surgical site. We perform laparoscopic diagnostic techniques such as biopsies to rule out disease or cancer.


Our diagnostic service department is staffed by caring, skilled professionals who provide extraordinary care with compassion and expertise.