Committed to making the best of modern technology available and affordable for our pet friends

Advances in technology in human medicine has transformed outcomes for people and now these high technology tools are becoming available outside of specialist centres to raise the standards of care for our Veterinary patients too.

Digital Xrays

Good quality xrays are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. Xrays are useful for examining your pets heart, lungs, bones, abdomen and oral cavity. They can help diagnose many conditions such as heart failure, tumours, obstructions, bladder stones and much more. With abdominal problems they work well in conjunction with ultrasound exams.

The step from developing xray film in noxious chemicals to a purely digital system is huge. Without all the exposure and developing variables affecting film quality your pet will be under anaesthesia for less time.

Our AGFA CR30X can process images rapidly and at amazing resolution even with our largest images. The system contains industry leading software which results in stunning Xrays every time with ideal exposure of all tissues. The outcome of this is less xrays for your pet.

The xrays taken appear within seconds in wonderful detail on our four megapixel 30" monitor allowing our Vets to interpret the results with confidence. The images can be magnified and manipulated to show diagnostic detail not available on standard films. We can also burn off a disc of images for "show and tell" with the rest of your pets family. Images can also easily be sent to a radiologist if specialist opinion is needed.

We have a fantastic Sedecal Vetray Xray machine and table which is considered the gold standard equipment for veterinarians. The Xray machine is very powerful and adjustable for perfect xrays on even the largest dog. The machine is preprogrammed with correct exposures for rapid use. Combining this with the four way floating table that makes patient positioning a breeze means less time for your pet to spend under anesthesia while xrays are taken.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a pain free, totally non invasive technique that uses high frequency sound waves to produce a real time movie of your pets internal organs. It can look inside and detect things like the individual layers of the intestine, internal parts of a kidney or the beating valves of a fetuses heart for example.

Ultrasounds are typically not stressful for your pet and take anywhere from 30-60 minutes to perform. Ultrasound guided biopsies can sometimes be performed avoiding the need for surgery.

At East Coast Bays Vet Clinic we have invested in a high quality veterinary specific ultrasound machine the ESOATE MYLAB 30 Gold (www.esoate.com). This produces beautiful images that can be recorded and saved to a disc if required.

Dr Peta Norris has done training via the University of Sydney and is our principal ultrasonographer. Dr Emma Guy also has excellent skills in this field.

Endoscopy

Endoscopy allows us a view inside various parts of a pets body in a relatively non invasive way. It can assist diagnosis in areas like the nasal cavity, ear, throat, lungs, oesophagus, stomach, urethra, bladder and more. General anesthesia is required for these procedures.

Videoendoscopy

New technology has replaced fibrescopes with videoscopes. These long flexible scopes have a camera chip on the end like a smartphone to take high quality video and images. The images are magnified and displayed on a large HD screen for the vet to view. The quality is amazing and it opens up a whole new world for us.

Recently these scopes have advanced sufficiently to be small enough for our veterinary patients. We have a super tiny 3.7mm Pentax videoscope and a versatile 8mm diameter Pentax videoscope. They are used mainly for airway and gut examinations.

Rigid Endoscopes

Many procedures in pets require an even smaller diameter scope such as when viewing inside a cats nose or a terriers bladder. This is where rigid scopes are best.

Being smaller requires great optics so we have invested in the famous Storz brand and have both the 2.7mm and 1.9mm diameter equipment and associated instruments.

Video otoscopy - Ear disease

Chronic ear infections are very common in dogs and are often secondary to underlying allergies. They can be persistent, painful and frustrating problems to deal with. Video otoscopy has revolutionised how we can now manage these challenging cases. A special instrument is used to project a large image of the ear canal and ear drum onto a screen to view. The ear canal of dogs is long and the ear drum delicate so excellent visualisation during deep cleaning is critical

With the video otoscope deep cleaning can be done with low risk and foreign bodies plus plugs of hard wax or hair can be removed with instruments introduced under careful observation. Inflammatory polyps or tumours can be diagnosed and middle ear infections flushed with a small catheter placed through the otoscope. Two thirds of dogs with an ear infection lasting more than six weeks will have a perforated ear drum and video otoscopy greatly improves diagnosing and managing this problem.

Many pets have had their ear condition diagnosed and successfully managed with this great technology. Additionally pictures and videos can be taken so you can see what we are seeing.

PACS Server

Picture Archiving and Communication System

As Vets change over from physical Xray films to digital systems within their Clinics a new way of storing and distributing these diagnostic images is required. Now all our diagnostic imaging is digital we need a way to safely store all these large image files so they are available for future comparison. We also need to be able to have the images available in our consultation rooms to discuss with pet owners. The solution is PACS software and large servers for storage and back up. Pictures are stored in a special medical format called DICOM ( Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine )

We have invested in Agfa's SE suite software. The big brother of this is used in a number of New Zealands largest hospitals. We will be the first in New Zealand to be using this more streamlined version in both the human and animal arena.

Combined with the Agfa software we have a large server with mirrored hard drives and a NAS server with mirrored hard drives for secure back up of your pets imaging files indefinitely.