Summerville Pet Diagnostics

Digital Radiology

summerville veterinary xrays

X-rays are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At Sweetgrass Animal Hospital, we use veterinary X-rays to examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas to diagnose and monitor many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray may tell us what we need to know.

To provide you with the highest quality veterinary care for your pet, Sweetgrass Animal Hospital has invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:

  • They are immediately able to be viewed on a computer monitor.
  • The clear, detailed images can be manipulated to get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs, leading to a faster and more accurate diagnosis.
  • They take less time to process, which means less time and stress for your pet on the X-ray table and less waiting time for you.
  • No harsh chemicals are needed to develop the images, reducing potential harm to staff and the environment.
  • If a second opinion is necessary, digital X-Rays can be sent by email to a licensed radiologist to receive a report within 2 hours.

Advanced diagnostic capabilities are extremely important to veterinary medicine, in part because we can't simply ask patients what is wrong. The hospital's investment in digital X-ray technology reflects its commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive health care available.

In-House Veterinary Laboratory

In-House Veterinary Laboratory

When performing regular wellness examinations or diagnosing an illness, what veterinarians can't see is as important—if not more important—than what they can see.

Because protecting your pet's health is the hospital's most important job, we have a complete in-house diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform a wide range of tests on blood, urine, feces and biopsied tissue. Without timely access to these precise test results, it would be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health. Test results can also help us in the early detection of diseases and other conditions affecting your pet's health and well-being.

Laboratory testing provides information about your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. Thanks to the hospital's in-house diagnostic laboratory, we are able to deliver your pet’s test results quickly—often within a few minutes—minimizing the time you need to wait for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.


This non-invasive, state-of-the-art technology uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs, primarily the heart and abdominal organs. Ultrasound technology allows our veterinarians to look at the architecture of an organ, which is a very useful tool in many medical cases. Reproduction exams are offered. Ultrasound technology is a great tool to improve the quality of veterinary diagnosis and care.

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