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7047 Great Alpine Rd, Porepunkah

Diagnostic Aids

Dr. Bek uses an endoscope to explore problems in a dog's eye.
A fast, accurate diagnosis can be critical in enabling us to provide a sick animal with timely, appropriate care. Just like your own doctor we rely on top-quality medical imaging tools to develop an accurate diagnosis for every patient. Of course, our patients cannot tell us how they’re feeling so having the full range of appropriate diagnostic tools available becomes even more important.

In the Alpine Animal Doctors hospital we utilise some of the most up to date technology available to help us make an accurate judgement on what’s wrong and how best to proceed with treatment.

Endoscopy & Arthroscopy

High tech endoscopy and arthroscopy tools allow us to use fibre optics and tiny cameras to conduct internal examinations without the use of invasive surgery.

Endoscopy lets us examine various internal organs, in particular the oesophagus, stomach and upper small intestine, to provide rapid diagnosis.

Arthroscopes are used in a similar way but primarily for the examination of damage to soft tissue structures and joint cartilage, which are not visible on x-rays. Mostly used in surgical cases, arthroscopy is invaluable in helping diagnose problems such as cruciate ligament damage, elbow dysplasia, shoulder Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) and shoulder instability disorders.

The hospital is equipped with an extensive array of top quality ‘scopes, for every eventuality. While endoscopy and arthroscopy provide excellent aids to accurate diagnosis they also allow us to directly treat some problems (see The Surgical Suites) and to take biopsies without having to resort to more risky surgery, while we use arthroscopy to carry out surgical procedures — often called ‘keyhole surgery’ — that otherwise would be much more expensive.

Ultrasound

At Alpine Animal Doctors we utilise the most technologically advanced ultrasound devices available.

Most people are familiar with the use of ultrasound in pregnancy, but the technology has other important uses. Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses high-frequency sound waves, not radiation, to get clear pictures of soft tissue that would not show up on radiographs.

Images are captured in real-time and show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. We use ultrasound to examine organs such as the heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, bladder, and gallbladder.

For example, if a male dog presents as having difficulty urinating we can use ultrasound to check for an obstruction in the bladder or urethra. It can also be used to examine suspicious lumps we might find during a manual exam, or to look for damage to internal organs following an accident.

We also use ultrasound to monitor ongoing conditions, such as the progress of liver and kidney disease.

What is endoscopy used for?

Flexible endoscopy can be used for:

  • Endoscopy: an exam of the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestines.
  • Bronchoscopy: an exam of the lower airways.
  • Colonoscopy: examining the transverse colon, ascending colon, cecum, large bowel, and rectum.

Rigid endoscopy is used for:

  • Arthroscopy: examining soft tissue structures and joint cartilage
  • Cystoscopy: examining the vagina, urethral opening, urethra, bladder, and ureteral openings.
  • Laparoscopy: an exam of the abdominal cavity to obtain liver and kidney biopsy samples.
  • Proctoscopy: an exam of the large bowel and rectum.
  • Rhinoscopy: an exam of the nasal cavity.

In all of these cases the big benefit to your furry friends is that they are non-invasive and allow your pet to be back on its feet and running around in the shortest possible time.

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Alpine Animal Doctors
7047 Great Alpine Road
Porepunkah, VIC 3740
PO Box 393, Bright, VIC 3741
Phone: +61 03 5756 2444
Fax: +61 03 5756 2044