Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic ServicesDigital Radiology

At Austin Veterinary Center, we use the latest in advanced computerized radiology as part of your pet's diagnostic care.

Digital radiographs (x-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions, such as examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. A digital x-ray can spot a fractured bone, detect tumors, help with the diagnosis of heartworm disease or locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's intestine or stomach. When used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures, such as ultrasound, digital x-rays can accurately diagnose problems, making treatment faster and easier for your pet and your veterinarian.

Digital radiography is much more efficient than traditional x-rays and also bypasses chemical processing, thereby reducing your pet's exposure to radiation and limiting damage done to our environment.

In addition, our digital radiography system allows us to transfer your pet's radiographs to a CD or send in an email, making it easy for you to keep them for your home records.


An echocardiogram is a sonogram that uses ultrasound techniques to create multi-dimensional images of the heart.

In addition to creating real-time pictures of your pet’s heart, an echocardiogram can produce an accurate assessment of the velocity of blood and health of cardiac tissue at any point using pulsed or continuous wave ultrasound. This provides an accurate evaluation of cardiac valve areas and function, and can help our veterinarians detect any abnormal communications between the left and right side of the heart, and any leaking of blood through the valves (valvular regurgitation).

This is a safe an effective technique for evaluating cardio-health.


Ultrasound is a brief, invaluable procedure for making treatment decisions for various types of heart disease, and to assess the function and health of internal organs. Ultrasound also helps to identify lesions, their origin, and whether any disease may have spread to other areas of the body. Ultrasound is also a very powerful surgical aid; the procedure can help guide us while obtaining material for a biopsy.

Diagnostic ServicesIn-House Laboratory

Our hospital is equipped with a full service diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, electrolytes, urinalysis, fecal exams, cytology evaluations and other valuable tests. With our advanced technology, we have the ability to analyze how well your pet's internal organs and processes are functioning and can follow up on treatment therapy.

The diagnostic laboratory at Austin Veterinary Center allows us to provide you and your pet with quick and - most importantly - accurate results, which is essential to our critical care cases. We can often have results within 15 minutes for many tests.