With the terms of imaging or biomedical imaging, or diagnostic imaging, we refer to the generic process through which it is possible to observe an area of an organism not visible from the outside. In order to guarantee each patient a personalized therapeutic approach, each case is discussed within multidisciplinary teams, which always includes a radiologist.
Ticino Animal Hospital offers various services.
The devices studied and built specifically for animals, together with the latest technologies in the hospital field, can provide very high-definition radiograms to make a diagnosis with the utmost precision.
It also deals with minimally invasive treatments and surgery, which constitute the part of therapy known as interventional radiology. Clinical-radiological diagnostic activity is divided into several fields of clinical application:
Intraoral and Extraoral Digital Dental Radiography
With ultrasounds, we can get dynamic images in real-time. It is used to examine the internal structure and the function of organs and the heart, diagnose a pregnancy, and monitor fetal development when the patient is awake and doesn't experience pain.
It is the least invasive technique as it does not use radiation.
The patient is positioned on the examination table to allow for a complete view, and the radiologist uses an ultrasound probe and gel to examine the organ(s) of interest.
Fasting for 8-12 hours is generally required to examine the abdomen. The pet can always drink and take medicines. For examination of the urinary system (kidneys, ureters, bladder, come with a full bladder. The exam duration can last up to 30 minutes and depends on the size of the area being examined.
Computed Tomography Scan (CT scan):
Second-level diagnostic tool used when simpler exams are not enough to make a precise diagnosis. They allow the study of organs and/or diseases in each area, perform guided biopsies, and provide useful important information which can formulate a treatment approach specific for each patient.
Ticino Animal Hospital now offers internal CT thus becoming one of the first specialized centers in Switzerland. Appointments are arranged directly with the radiologist by calling +41 (0)91 225 3765.
Doc. Paolo Martegani (Master's degree in Cat and Dog Ultrasonology) manages the department and coordinates the diagnostic activity.