Digital Imaging (X-Ray)

X-ray (radiographs) allow us to take an in depth look at what is going on inside your pet. It can show us broken bones, foreign objects, bloat, hernias, and so much more. Digital x-ray is an advancement over the outdated film that needs to be developed.

Besides the improved environmental impacts of not using film and the chemicals required to develop x-ray films, digital x-ray also allows us many diagnostic advantages. With digital x-ray, our doctors may enlarge images and adjust contrasts to better diagnose. Additionally, digital x-ray allows us to e-mail x-ray images to specialists for faster consultations allowing us to promptly begin treatment. Our digital dental x-ray allows more comprehensive dental care for your pet.


PennHIP Radiographs

The PennHIP method is a novel way to assess, measure, and interpret hip joint laxity. It consists of three separate radiographs to capture precise measurements for laxity and congruity. The PennHIP technique is the most accurate method the test for joint laxity and it has been shown to be a better predictor for the onset of OA. Dr. Starnes is certified to perform these radiographs that DO require sedation.


OFA Radiographs

We understand how valuable your pet is, and realize that you do not want your pet sedated if it does not need to be. Our experienced certified veterinary technicians led by our veterinarians perform most OFA hips and elbow radiographs without sedation using advanced, digital radiology. We are experienced in the transmission process, and our veterinarians can review the radiographs with you so that you are not submitting them unnecessarily.



Ultrasound can show us detailed images within your pet without having to start with surgery. This non-invasive tool is used to diagnose diseases of the kidneys, liver, spleen, bladder, and more. It is also a sensitive way to evaluate pregnancy in the early stages of development.

Ultrasound is particularly useful for viewing soft tissue structures within the abdomen. While ultrasound is similar to x-ray, in that we are able to see structures within the body, the ultrasound tends to be more precise for soft tissues. Taking an x-ray can give us a general idea of what is going on within the body, but an ultrasound provides us with vital information of what is going on within an organ; “the trees within the forest”.


Video Otoscopy

For pets that have chronic ear infections or are uncomfortable with routine ear examinations, video otoscopy can help capture the big picture quickly and clearly. It also allows you to see what the doctor sees during a thorough ear examination since the video is shown on a large screen.

It is used to diagnose ear infections, foreign bodies (foxtails, grass awns, etc.), mites, etc. The magnification provides better ear canal visualization improving diagnostic capability, and at the same time providing client education. Scratching at ears, foul smelling ears, and shaking the head are all signs of an ear infection, and an exam is recommended. Please let us know if you would like more information about video otoscopy.