Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

Imaging studies are an important complement to laboratory diagnostics in the diagnosis of your pet’s health problem in an emergency. At the Emergency Pet Clinic of Corpus Christi, our experienced staff are fully equipped for several areas of emergency diagnostic imaging.

Diagnostic Radiology

Radiology is very useful in the evaluation of internal problems of both the thoracic cavity and abdominal cavity, and musculoskeletal systems. Your emergency team may recommend radiographs for your pet when there are signs of:

  • difficulty breathing
  • weakness
  • abdominal pain or distension
  • trauma
  • vomiting
  • or appetite loss

Thoracic radiology is helpful in the diagnosis of congestive heart failure, pneumonia, pneumothorax, fluid accumulation or tumors in the chest.

Abdominal radiography helps detect changes in size/contours of abdominal organs, gastric dilation/volvulus, gastrointestinal obstruction, abdominal tumors, some urinary stones, pyometra, prostatic diseases.

Musculoskeletal radiology is useful in the diagnosis of fractures, arthritis, dysplastic conditions, bone tumors, and degenerative diseases (such as intervertebral disc disease).


Ultrasound uses sound waves to image internal structures, allowing visualization of the internal aspects of organs including tissue character, vascular structures, nodules/tumors. Ultrasound is also very helpful in the determination of the presence of fluid in the chest or abdominal cavity, pericardium, and uterus (pyometra).

All our emergency clinicians are skilled at A.F.A.S.T. (abdominal focused assessment sonogram for trauma) and T.F.A.S.T. (thoracic focused assessment sonogram for trauma). F.A.S.T. studies are an important diagnostic tool for trauma patients and patients with life-threatening conditions such as bleeding into body cavities from toxicity or ruptured tumor.

Most often, diagnostic imaging is painless and can give your veterinarian priceless information in diagnosing and treating your pet. These tests will help to make sure that a proper course of action is determined, and therefore will help your pet to get on the road to recovery faster.
If you have any further questions, please ask our team – they are ready to help.