Advanced Technology

CT Scans

REACH Veterinary Specialists is pleased to offer our veterinary community CT scans on a referral basis. This is primarily an outpatient service that includes physical evaluation by a veterinarian, scans performed on our Toshiba Aquilion 16 slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner by a certified CT technician, and telemedicine consultation with a board-certified radiologist. The scans are performed under sedation or a brief general anesthesia.

Appropriate cases for CT scans include brain and spinal cord imaging, evaluation of soft tissue neoplasms, orthopedic imaging, nasal and sinus imaging, middle ear disease, evaluation of portosystemic shunts, soft tissue masses such as insulinomas and adrenal masses, metastatic screening and staging, and many other indications.

Ultrasounds

Ultrasound technology uses non-invasive high-frequency sound waves to view various organs of the body. Without the need for anesthesia, our specialists can evaluate the organs for abnormalities such as inflammation, cancer, obstruction of intestines, kidney disease, infection, heart disease and much more. Ultrasound technology functions differently than x-ray or CT and compliments these other diagnostic tools to offer us additional information about your pets condition.

Ultrasound technology is a non-invasive means of using sound waves to examine internal structures in pets. Our veterinarians are able to use ultrasound technology to examine internal organs and check for proper size, shape, location, and even blood supply to those organs. Ultrasounds can also be used to check for masses within organs, to guide our doctors in procedures where they need to use a needle to take a sample (or biopsy) of an internal mass or to look at the heart (echocardiogram).

Endoscopy

Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is used to examine the esophagus, stomach and the beginning portion of the small intestine, the duodenum. Endoscopy is often performed to help further evaluate patients with various problems such as unexplained vomiting, weight loss, poor appetite, intestinal bleeding and problems swallowing. A diagnosis can sometimes be made by visual inspection of the esophagus or stomach. Biopsy and culture samples can also be attained through the endoscope often allowing us to make a diagnosis of the pets ailment.

A common use of endoscopy is to retrieve objects that were swallowed and are now in the esophagus or the stomach, often times allowing us to avoid surgery. We have retrieved socks, stones, coins, bones, fish hooks, and various types of toys.

Another capability of the endoscope is to treat patients that have scarring or strictures of the esophagus.

Various types of endoscopy include:

Bronchoscopy: an exam of the lower airways.

Colonoscopy: an exam of the transverse colon, ascending colon, cecum, large bowel, and rectum.

Endoscopy: an exam of the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestines.

Flexible endoscopy:

Arthroscopy: an exam of soft tissue structures and joint cartilage, which may not be visible on x-rays or CT.

Cystoscopy: an examination of the vagina, urethral opening, urethra, and bladder.

Laparoscopy: an exam of the abdominal cavity performed through a small incision in the wall of the abdomen or through the navel. It is done in veterinary medicine to obtain hepatic (liver) and renal (kidney) biopsy samples.

Rhinoscopy: an exam of the nasal cavity and nasopharynx (junction between the nasal area and the back of the throat).

REACH has invested in the latest in digital imaging technology in order to provide accurate and efficient diagnosis options for the pets of WNC.  We offer both digital X-ray and ultrasound options and are able to use these as a non-invasive means of diagnosing many conditions.

Digital X-ray

The digital nature of our X-ray capabilities has allowed our veterinarians to diagnose conditions that could not have been detected through other means. Hairline fractures and arthritis, as well as the size and location of foreign bodies or cancerous tumors, can be seen and the images can be manipulated by our vets so that treatment options can be more carefully planned.

Our hospital maintains excellent relationships with veterinary radiology specialists so that we can electronically share the digital images on difficult cases and receive quick consultation. The images can also be emailed to your primary care veterinarian to keep on file or for you to store your pet’s records at home.

Similar to digital X-rays, our ultrasound images can be shared with veterinary radiology specialists for consultation on more complicated cases.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

REACH Veterinary Specialists is pleased to offer our local veterinary community Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) on a referral basis. This is primarily an outpatient service that includes physical evaluation by a veterinarian and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy performed by an HBOT certified technician. Patients rarely need to be sedated and the therapy is non-invasive and low stress for most patients.

HBOT is a medical treatment that enhances/assists the body’s natural healing processes by inhalation of 100% oxygen inside a chamber with increased atmospheric pressure. High oxygen levels reduce inflammation by mediating cytokines, prostaglandins, and nitric oxide, and have been shown to have direct bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects against gram positive, gram negative, aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms.

Appropriate cases for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy includes but not limited to:

  • Intervertebral Disk Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Burns
  • Smoke Inhalation
  • Ischemic Stroke
  • Spider/Snake Bites
  • Head Trauma
  • Infected/non-healing Wounds

Pathology

Mountain Veterinary Pathology has been providing veterinary reference laboratory services to the Western NC veterinary community (and beyond) for 16 years. Originally an offshoot of Mission St Joseph’s Hospital Outreach, MVP became an independent, incorporated entity in 2003. MVP eventually relocated to available space at REACH and has operated from there for several years.

MVP conducts clinical hematology, chemistry, cytopathology, histopathology, urinalyses, and some endocrine testing on site. We work with many university and specialty laboratories to provide any test a client requires at competitive prices. Our specialty is providing excellent customer service and a full-range local laboratory resource for veterinarians.

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