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Veterinary Diagnostic Imagining in Purcellville

A New Perspective on Your Pet’s Health

Our pets can’t tell us what’s wrong when they’re not feeling their best. At Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates, we use a variety of diagnostic imaging tools to get a closer look at your pet’s health. We have ultrasound, x-ray, and MRI technology on site to help us diagnose your pets. Each of these tools help us learn more about what’s going on beyond your pet’s fur and get to a diagnosis faster.

For questions about our in-house diagnostic imaging services, call (540) 269-4656 or contact us online.


Ultrasounds are a form of radiological imaging that uses high frequency soundwaves to produce a real-time image on a computer screen. Unlike other forms of radiological imaging, ultrasounds do not use radiation to produce images, which means that this type of imaging is safe for use on fetuses and other kinds of delicate soft tissues.

The soundwaves used by ultrasounds cannot penetrate the solid or more dense tissue inside your pet. If we think that your pet needs an examination of their bones or other dense tissues, we’ll recommend that your pet receive an x-ray instead.

Ultrasounds are best used for:

  • Diagnosing possible organ damage
  • Examining the heart and other parts of the cardiovascular system
  • Inspecting lumps or masses
  • Monitoring pregnancy

Ultrasounds are non-invasive and pain-free! We’ll ensure that your pet is comfortable throughout their ultrasound imaging.


X-rays are a form of radiological imaging that use electromagnetic radiation to produce still images of your pet’s solid or dense tissues. Like ultrasounds, x-rays are non-invasive and pain-free. However, because x-rays produce still images, it’s essential that your pet stays very still throughout the imaging process. We may need to sedate your pet in order to get the clearest images possible.

X-rays are best used for:

  • Diagnosing traumatic injuries to your pet’s bones
  • Monitoring broken bones
  • Locating foreign objects
  • Identifying tumors

Note that though modern x-rays are very safe, they do still expose your pet to a small dose of radiation. If we need to get a closer look at the soft tissues inside of your pet, we will recommend an ultrasound instead of an x-ray.

Magnetic Resonance Images (MRIs)

MRIs use a strong magnetic field to produce detailed images of your pet’s internal structures. These images are much clearer than traditional x-rays. Additionally, the MRI does not use radiation to produce these images.

Like x-rays, pets must be completely still in order to generate a clear and accurate picture of their internal systems. The team at Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates will put your pet under anesthesia for the duration of their scan.

MRIs are best used for gathering additional information if your pet has been diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions:

  • Brain or spinal trauma
  • Lameness
  • Ingestion of a foreign body
  • Abnormal discharge, swelling, or bleeding, particularly of the nose

MRIs are a powerful tool that can assist us with more accurately pinpointing your pet’s condition.

If you have questions about the diagnostic imaging capabilities at Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates, call (540) 269-4656 or contact us online for answers.

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