Imaging and laboratory

Digital radiography

Radiography of the thorax of a Great Dane dog using DR technology.

Our hospitals are equipped with highly sophisticated digital radiography DR technology (direct digital radiography).

The X rays produced at a high frequency combined with an extremely short exposition time, a 1/360 of a second, creat highly detailed and very clear radiographic images which is a great advantage in veterinary medicine since our patients cannot be told to hold their breaths or be completely immobile while we take the X ray. Consequently, the quality of the pictures is highly superior to the one obtained with conventional radiography.

Furthermore, our electronic servers, which meet DICOM requirements, allow us to correct, if needed, the images seen on our high definition screens. Because of this, the exposition factors used never create images that are too pale or too dark. This advantage prevents us from having to reposition the animals and reexpose them, as well as the medical personnel around, again to X rays.

On top of that, we can increase, on the monitor, the images obtained so that specific areas can be examined more closely.

No more problems associated with development of radiographic films! Not only are they always at risk of being exposed prematurely to ambiant light but their development requires the use of chemical products that are harmful to health.

And what about the rapidity with which the results are obtained with digital radiology. Thanks to this technology, only a few seconds are needed to get the images compared to at least a few minutes required with conventional radiography.

Finally, with the use of telemedicine, we can transmit radiographs by internet to collegues and specialists located at a distance. The results are often obtained in less than 24 hours contrary to conventional radiography which necessitates at least a few days.



Abdominal ultrasound of a cat lying on its back.

Our hospitals are also equipped with ultrasound machines. This diagnostic tool, which doesn't usually require that the animal be anesthetized, enables the examination of internal organs but without causing any pain to patients. It's not dangerous and it's not associated with any side effects either. 

Ultrasound evaluations are useful in many situations. Be it to evaluate the organs' architecture, to diagnose pregnancy, to detect foreign bodies stuck in the digestive track or to detect abdominal masses, to determine the cause of heart murmurs, to collect urine ou liquid in the abdomen or around the lungs for diagnostic and therapeutics purposes, for guidance when biopsies are taken, to visualise bladder or kidney stones, etc.



Axial Tomography (CT Scan)

CT Scan of an anesthetized cat performed by Dr Michel Cosimano DMV and Dr Catherine Lavoie DMV.

Axial tomography, provided by the GE Hi-Speed Helicoïdal with 3D and FluoroScan, is available at Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc. (member of MONVET Veterinary Group Inc.)

As with conventional radiology, the CT-Scan uses X rays to generate images. However, because conventional radiology produces two dimensional images, organs and internal structures are superimposed on top of each other. This can create doubt as to the presence, real or not, of anomalies. Images created by axial tomography are three dimensional so superimposition of structures and organs is not an issue.

Furthermore, because conventional radiology produces few shades of grey, it can be difficult to distinguish between organs of the same density or between organs and liquids. Contrary to that, axial tomography generates many shades of grey which better differenciates organs from one another and from internal structures and liquids. 

Axial tomography is indicated to visualise structures that are impossible to see otherwise. The nervous system, joints, sinuses and nasal cavity are good examples of that because they are not visible on standard X rays. 

Axial tomography is also very useful to evaluate areas affected by cancer before a surgical intervention to determine the extent of lesions as well as to get a better idea of the prognosis following surgery.


Endoscopy in a cat performed by Dr Michel Cosimano DMV.

Videoscopy is available at Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc. (member of MONVET Veterinary Group Inc.).

More precisely, our endoscopic system Pentax® makes it possible to visualise many internal structures in companion animals like the bronchi (bronchoscopy), the oesophagus (oesophagoscopy), the stomach (gastroscopy), the nasal cavities (rhinoscopy) and the large bowel (colonoscopy).

These tools are useful in many instances such as the removal of certain foreign bodies, stomach biopsy sampling, installation of stents in the trachea of animals suffering from tracheal collapse, etc.


Laboratory of Hôpital Vétérinaire de l'Est Inc.(member of MONVET Veterinary Group Inc.)

Our internal laboratories are equipped with high-performance machines that allow us to execute numerous analysis on site and obtain results rapidly, most of the time in less than one hour.

This is of particular importance in emergency situations when making an early diagnosis can make a world of difference between starting the right treatment for the condition affecting the animal that is being tested and giving a symptomatic treatment « blindly». On top of that, the decision to proceed or not with a treatment is easier for owners to make if they know what their animals are dealing with.

Even if the situation is not an emergency, it is interesting for clients to have the tests results back before they leave the premises. Furthermore, by doing the tests ourselves, instead of sending the samples out to an external laboratory, monitoring of hospitalized patients is more effective because the waiting time to get the results back is shortened.

Here are many analysis that we can do on site: blood analyses (hematology and biochemistry), urine and stool analysis, evaluation of the hormonal system (cortisol level, thyroïd hormones level), cytologies (evaluation of cells under the microscope) of skin lesions or ear secretions, screening for Heartworm and Lyme disease in dogs and leukemia and FIV viruses in cats, etc.