With the advancement of technology in human health medicine, veterinarians also have greater access to better, less-invasive technologies to use in diagnosis of animal health issues. Just like with humans, animal health benefits greatly from timely and accurate understanding of internal health issues. Take a look at some of the technologies originating in human healthcare that are currently being used to help animals get back on their feet more quickly.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MRIs, or the use of powerful magnets in large machines to take internal images, can be used by vet neurologists today to diagnose issues with tissue and nerves. While not a super common procedure for the generally healthy dog, this method can help your vet to locate tumors or other structural issues with a sick pet. An open mri, which is basically an oversized MRI machine, makes it possible for even larger animals like horses to be imaged under anesthesia.
Most often used during spaying procedures, a laparoscopic surgery helps a veterinarian to solve an internal problem without having the long recovery times and major scarring that comes with a normal open surgery. During this procedure, the vet makes small incisions for surgical instruments and a scope, and performs the entire surgery internally. While Fluffy still has all the risks that come with anesthesia, the small incision points of the laparoscopy make the procedure itself less likely to cause other problems, as well as cutting down on painful recovery time.
Ultrasounds and X-Rays
Ultrasounds are often used for diagnosing soft tissue problems with kidney or heart disease. Of course, just like with humans, ultrasounds can also be used for pregnant pets. For possible bone issues such as fractures, X-Rays can be used as well. When it comes to your pet, your love knows no bounds. It should give you great peace of mind, therefore, that the procedures used by modern veterinarians are much the same as the diagnostic procedures trusted in human hospitals today.