X-rays are an important diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. At Manhattan Cat Specialist, we offer state-of-the-art digital radiography, resulting in clearer, more accurate radiographic images. Digital radiographic images can be e-mailed to referral centers or universities in cases where a second opinion from a specialist is warranted.
Digital Diagnostic Imaging
Abdominal & Thoracic Ultrasound
Ultrasound offers a non-invasive method of visualizing masses and organs within the chest and/or abdomen. Generally, more detail and structure can be obtained with an ultrasound than with radiographs. Ultrasound is performed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by Dr. Patrick Hopper, a board-certified veterinary internist.
Evaluating the stomach and initial part of the small intestines through the use of endoscopy is a valuable diagnostic tool. A common problem that some middle aged and older cats have is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Cats with IBD usually have vomiting and or diarrhea as symptoms, but sometimes present with weight loss as the only complaint. Endoscopy offers a relatively non-invasive method of obtaining gastrointestinal biopsies for establishing a diagnosis. Endoscopy is performed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by Dr. Patrick Hopper, a board-certified veterinary internist.
If there is indication of potential heart disease such as a newly discovered or a worsening heart murmur or a persistent cough, a complete cardiac evaluation is indicated. Chest radiographs, an EKG and an echocardiogram will help better define the extent and cause of potential cardiac disease and whether treatment is necessary. At Manhattan Cat Specialists, your cat’s heart can be evaluated by Dr. Jean-Paul Petrie, a board-certified veterinary cardiologist.
Cats with chronic upper respiratory signs (persistent sneezing and congestion, noisy breathing), may have an inflammatory or cancerous condition within the nasal cavity. Rhinoscopy allows visualization of the inside of the nasal cavity. Cultures and biopsy specimens can be obtained during the procedure to secure a definitive diagnosis. Rhinoscopy is performed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by Dr. Patrick Hopper, a board-certified veterinary internist.