Since 2007, the veterinary practice Des Bergières has been equipped with a digital radiology installation. Compared with what is termed conventional colour radiology, digital radiology has the following advantages:
- Immediate availability of digital images on the computer control screen
- Better resolution of X-ray images
- Faster, safer and more accurate diagnostics
The computer image obtained allows zooming, adjusting brightness, or even adjusting contrasts, and this contributes considerably to the development of a sharper and better quality image
- 75% decrease in exposure of the patient and the veterinary team to radiation
- Storage and immediate availability of digital X-ray images are considerable time savers, and legibility problems, loss, or deterioration of radiography films are therefore avoided. The sending of X-ray images by email or archiving on CDs also facilitates communication with the owner and / or referring vet.
- Our own technology, since chemical waste used in the development of colour films was harmful to the environment.
Official screening for dysplasia (elbows and hips)
Dysplasia of the hips and elbows are joints deformities, which cause joint instability and subsequent development of osteoarthritis. This disease is hereditary in character and early diagnosis is strongly recommended in predisposed breeds: Labrador, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dog, Rottweiler and St Bernard, etc.
This diagnosis is carried out under anesthesia and consists of a series of standardized X-rays being analyzed by the university committee (Zurich or Bern) that will permit an estimate of the severity of dysplasia (Grade A to E).
With its extensive experience in surgery, the veterinary practice Des Bergières specializes in surgery and minimally invasive imaging respectively, which allow practitioners to achieve their target by means of incisions in the order of one centimeter through the use of long and fine instruments, which are coupled to a video imaging system. The veterinary practice Des Bergières is equipped with a wide range of "scopes" that allow the observation of most anatomical cavities in dogs as in cats, small and difficult to access as they are.
We discuss arthroscopy when the intervention concerns a joint, laparoscopy when the intervention concerns the abdominal cavity, gastroscopy when it concerns more specifically the stomach, colonoscopy for observing different intestinal portions, and rhinoscopy for the nasal cavity, etc.
Gastroscopy allows a direct view of the esophagus, the stomach, and sometimes even the duodenum. This examination is very useful for the detection of gastric tumors, for the taking of biopsies necessary for histological analyses, and for the search and removal of foreign bodies.
Colonoscopy allows a direct visualization of the different segments that make up the colon and small intestine. This examination is very useful for the detection of specific diseases such as chronic inflammation of the intestines (e.g. food allergy), intestinal tumors and for the taking of biopsies necessary for histological analyses.
Rhinoscopy allows direct view of the nasal cavity. This examination is very useful for the removal of foreign bodies such as plants inadvertently inhaled by dogs and cats, observation of inflammatory foci, tumor screening and for the taking of biopsies for histological analysis.
Cystoscopy (observation of the bladder) and artificial intrauterine insemination using a ureteroscope are some possible services performed in the veterinary practice Des Bergières.
Ultrasound examination is a painless examination that allows a view of the internal organs through ultrasound. An ultrasound scan is useful, among other things, for cystocentesis (ultrasound-guided urinary needle puncture of the bladder), for the investigation of ectopic testicles and for prostate exploration in dogs.
The ultrasound scanner of the veterinary practice Des Bergières is equipped with a Doppler probe, which notably enables the measuring of blood flow and determination of fetal heart rate, which is very useful for the pregnancy monitoring that we offer.
For all the more specialized ultrasound exams, we would point you in the direction of vets specializing in medical imaging.