Diagnostic Services

Digital Radiography

Stone Veterinary Hospital uses the latest in advanced digital radiology as part of your pet's diagnostic care.

Radiographs are one of the most important diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. They allow us to view the shape, size and location of organs inside your pet's body.

Radiographs are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful for examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An x-ray can detect a fractured bone, tumor, heart problem and locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's stomach or intestine. X-rays and ultrasound are often utilized together for an even more accurate diagnosis.

Digital Radiography

Compared to x-rays produced by a traditional machine, the quality of digital radiographs is much better. Because digital x-rays are immediately displayed on a computer monitor, they are produced quickly and can be manipulated to get a better view of your pet's bones and internal organs.

Digital radiology has many benefits for your pet, you, and our staff. Our digital x-ray technology produces clear, detailed images that allow our medical team to make a more rapid and accurate diagnosis. Digital x-rays are easier and faster to process than traditional film x-rays, resulting in less time on the x-ray table and less stress for your pet. The harsh chemicals once necessary for developing x-rays are not needed for digital x-rays, reducing potential harm to our staff and the environment.

Because digital x-ray images can be saved on a computer, they can be transmitted quickly by email to outside specialists if a referral or second opinion were necessary.



Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time moving image of your pet's internal organs. It allows us a look at your pet's internal organs, chest, and abdomen without surgery or sedation. Dr. Stone performs ultrasound examinations for a wide-range of diagnostic cases. It is particularly useful in viewing your pet's abdominal organs and performing pregnancy evaluations. Ultrasound is also useful in evaluating your pet's heart functions and is used for bladder scans.

In most cases, an ultrasound procedure is relatively brief and your pet is able to go home the very same day. Most importantly, though, an ultrasound will help us make an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition and provide effective treatment recommendations.


An echocardiogram is a sonogram that uses ultrasound techniques to create two-dimensional images of the heart.

In addition to creating real-time pictures of your pet's heart, an echocardiogram can produce an accurate assessment of the velocity of blood and health of cardiac tissue at any point using pulsed or continuous wave ultrasound. This provides an accurate evaluation of cardiac valve areas and function, and can help our veterinarians detect any abnormal communications between the left and right side of the heart, and any leaking of blood through the valves (valvular regurgitation).

This is a safe and effective technique for evaluating the health of your pet's heart.

In-House Laboratory

Stone Veterinary Hospital maintains a full-service diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, electrolytes, urinalysis, fecal exams, cytology evaluations, and other valuable tests for your pet. With our advanced laboratory technology, we are able to receive fast and accurate results, helping to determine your pet's diagnosis and treatment therapy.

Our complete in-house laboratory is particularly essential to our emergency and critical care cases. We also offer several tests as part of your pet's wellness exam and specialized testing as part of our "Over Forty" senior wellness program. We can often have results within 15 minutes for many tests.


If your pet warrants additional diagnostic tests, one of our veterinarians can refer you to a local specialist.