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Specialty Services

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Radiology | Ultrasound | Cone Beam (CT) | Canine Knee Surgery | Acupuncture

 

Radiology

 The key to recovery is effective diagnosis. One of the most important components of a solid diagnosis is often diagnostic imaging technology. The cornerstone of the diagnostic imaging suite at Willits Veterinary Hospital is the ClearVet DR9 digital radiography system. Providing unparalleled soft tissue and skeletal detail not possible just a few years ago, the DR9 has the ability to reveal subtle lesions missed by older technologies. Digital radiography allows for review of images by veterinary radiologists at universities and private specialty practices literally worldwide.

Ultrasound

Digital ultrasonography allows for safe, non-invasive evaluation of most soft tissue structures in the abdomen and thorax. Once obtained, ultrasound images can then be evaluated by specialists anywhere a computer is available. Ultrasound can also guide biopsies and aspirates, eliminating costly repeated exams and laboratory fees. Our new Toshiba Xario digital ultrasound machine represents the cutting edge of ultrasound technology.

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CT)

Willits Veterinary Hospital is pleased to bring the newest and best technology in advanced imaging with the NewTom 5G Cone Beam CT scanner. Cone beam technology produces equal or better image quality compared to traditional CT scans, while exposing patients to far less radiation and with faster results. In just 18 seconds this state of the art technology takes the equivalent of a 360 slice CT scan. The Cone Beam CT creates a three-dimensional, cone-shaped beam that only has to circle the patient once to generate an image of the entire area.

The benefits are many; from exposing pets to far less radiation to generating images in far less time – a mere 18 seconds. The images generated by a Cone Beam CT contain huge, helpful data sets that include both traditional and three-dimensional reconstructions.

  • Cone Beam CT can be used for the evaluation of the following:
  • Dental Disease
  • Cancer Screening (abdomen/thorax)
  • Inner/Middle Ear Disease
  • Diseases of the nasal passages
  • Brain Imaging
  • Spinal Cord Disorders
  • Trauma to the chest/abdomen/limbs
  • Orthopedic disease/Fractures
  • Musculoskeletal & soft tissue tumors
  • Thoracic disease

What makes Cone Beam technology different:

Traditional CT scans create one image “slice” at a time using a “fan”- like beam of radiation. To generate all of the slices needed to create a full image the fan beam must circle the patient repeatedly. The Cone Beam CT creates a three-dimensional “cone”-like beam that only has to circle the patient one time to image an entire area, exposing your pet to far less radiation. The scanner also senses and responds to patient size, producing even less radiation for our smaller patients. Studies have shown that Cone Beam CTs expose a patient to anywhere from 5-100 times less radiation than traditional CTs.

  • 18 second scan time
  • 360-degree revolution around the animal
  • Produces an entire 3D image
  • Multiple fields of view
  • Low radiation
  • 3D imagery is quickly produced and analyzed

Canine Knee Surgery

Willits Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer the Tightrope Implant Procedure (Arthrex Tight Rope extra-capsular technique) for repair of the canine knee following rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament. Stabilizing the canine knee following partial or complete rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament is the most commonly indicated orthopedic procedure performed on the canine hind limb. The instability that results from rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament causes arthritis, results in meniscal injuries and diminished mobility. Unlike older extracapsular approaches to knee stabilization, the Tight Rope implant utilizes rigid bone to bone fixation and fixed isometric points in order to maximize joint stability and range of motion. The Tight Rope implant is 2.5X stronger than older nylon implants and provides superior abrasion and stretch resistance. During your consultation, Dr. Kuck will discuss all of your surgical options including referral to a surgical facility for one of many other techniques used to repair the canine knee. All candidates for knee surgery should be taken on a case by case basis and an appropriate treatment selected by you and your veterinarian. Following your pet’s postoperative CT exam to confirm proper implant placement, recovery from your dog’s knee surgery involves approximately 12 weeks of rehabilitation. Complete rehabilitation information is provided at the time of discharge and all of the follow-up care can be provided by the staff at Willits Vet. Complication rates associated with the Tight Rope procedure are comparable to other knee surgery techniques and the advantages include lower cost, less invasive and greater convenience. Clinical outcomes from Tight Rope implant surgery are similar to TPLO in 6 month retrospective studies. Contact Willits Vet today for more information regarding the Tight Rope procedure or any other surgical services provided at our facility.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a technique that is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been used for over thousands of years to treat pain and disease. The placement of needles causes specific changes in the local tissues and throughout the body by reestablishing energy flow and restoring the body to a balanced state. The end result is that acupuncture can help reduce or eliminate pain, reduce inflammation, promote healing, stimulate or regulate the immune system, and treat other disease processes. Dr. Beiser is acupuncture certified through The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, if you are interested in learning more please call us to schedule a consultation or ask us any questions you may have.