2851 W. IRVING PARK RD  CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  60618     PHONE  (773) 539-9080   FAX  (773) 478-0605

Diagnostic Services

Digital X-rayDigital Radiology

At Cat Hospital of Chicago, we use radiology (X-rays) to examine your cat's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas, as well as for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your cat has a fractured bone, has swallowed a foreign object, or is suffering from a heart problem, an X-ray can tell us what we need to know.

To provide you with the highest-quality feline care, Cat Hospital of Chicago has invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. The many important advantages to digital X-rays include:

  • Immediately viewable on a computer
  • Faster, more accurate diagnosis due to clearer, more detailed images
  • Less time to process
  • Ability to email to a board-certified veterinary radiologist

Advanced diagnostic capabilities are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine. Our investment in digital X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your cat the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a painless, safe, non-invasive procedure our visiting certified specialists use to evaluate your cat's internal organs. It is one of the many ways we strive to give you peace of mind when it comes to your cat's health. Using sound waves, ultrasound produces a real-time moving picture of your cat's organs that allows us to visualize objects that cannot be detected by X-rays alone.

At Cat Hospital of Chicago, we have a board-certified cardiologist and an abdominal ultrasonographer who each visit our facility as needed for specialist ultrasound examinations. We also have our own ultrasound unit for performing in-house procedures and extensions of physical examinations when needed.

A full ultrasound procedure takes between 15-45 minutes and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. Results are usually available immediately, which means we can provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment, minimizing your worry and stress.

Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure commonly used to evaluate the interior surfaces of your cat's organs through a small tube inserted into his or her body. An endoscopic examination can often accurately diagnose what is causing your cat's vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain or swelling, loss of appetite or respiratory problems. It can also be used to collect biopsy samples and remove foreign objects, small polyps or tumors.

Although anesthesia is required to keep cats still during the endoscopic procedure, the recovery time is minimal. The benefits of endoscopy over exploratory surgery include no surgical incision, shortened anesthetic time, decreased inflammation, less stress and discomfort and an earlier return to normal function for your cat.

Accurate diagnosis of your cat's symptoms begins with our ability to put together as complete and accurate a picture of what is going on inside your cat's body as possible. For that reason, endoscopy is recommended when routine blood and urine tests, radiographs and ultrasound do not give us the complete diagnostic picture.

Laboratory TestingIn-House Laboratory

Cat Hospital of Chicago houses a full-service diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, urinalysis, fecal exams and cytology evaluations. With our advanced laboratory, we have the ability to analyze how well your cat's internal organs and processes are functioning. We can quickly identify cases of intestinal or pancreatic inflammation, certain allergies and cardiac concerns, as well as diabetes.

Cat Hospital of Chicago has one of the best in-house diagnostic laboratories in the Chicago area. In many cases, our sophisticated instruments and diagnostic capabilities allow us to receive results within minutes.

Laboratory testing allows our veterinarians to obtain important information for assessing your cat's overall systemic health without the need for invasive, expensive procedures. Thus, we maintain an advanced in-house laboratory and regularly perform tests during your feline's wellness exam or when we suspect your companion may have a health issue.

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