PVS offers advanced diagnostic imaging capabilities for a variety of diseases including orthopedic, intra-abdominal, cardiac, and a number of other disorders. These capabilities include digital diagnostic radiology (x-rays) and ultrasound. Ultrasound allows diagnostic tests to be performed with the aid of safe sound waves. The waves bounce off the animal's internal organs (or a mass) and are decoded into an image on the monitor. This is a powerful and versatile technique in which a skilled ultrasonographer can see, measure, and assess the health of many internal organs. In many cases, it can preclude the need for major surgery. For more information about ultrasound, please refer to ultrasound details in the Library section.