Our Services

Specialists

Level

Diagnostics

Our goal: To help expand the services provided by veterinary practices
to further facilitate efficient diagnosis and treatment of patients in one
location. We have found that this partnership is beneficial for both patient
care and practice health.

Services offered at Insight

Free Case Advice
Ultrasound
Endoscopy
Cardiology
Sample collection
Tube placement
Other

Free Case Advice

We will provide on the day and continuous advice on the patient undergoing the procedure(s) and will also provide free advice on current inpatients (even if not undergoing any procedures by Insight) or challenging cases being managed by your clinic. This may include review of clinical pathology results or imaging performed by your clinic. This is our way of ensuring high standards across the board for the broader veterinary community.

Our Goal is to…

For all of our diagnostic services, a preliminary report on paper will be generated at the time of the procedure and handed to the veterinarian in charge of the case. Later the same day we will send through a thorough comprehensive digital report for your patient records.

For procedures requiring assistance, we kindly ask that one of your members of staff be available to assist for the duration of the procedure.

Ultrasound

Abdominal ultrasound
Echocardiography
Thoracic ultrasound
Thyroid/parathyroid
Neck ultrasound
Pregnancy ultrasound
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Abdominal Ultrasound

Abdominal ultrasound is an invaluable, non-invasive and efficient procedure to thoroughly examine the abdominal cavity including all of the organs present.

Our certified specialists will be using the GE Vivid iq mobile, state of the art ultrasound machine with a full complement of transducers. This test will provide insight into the underlying disease process, enabling a diagnosis and formation of a tailored treatment plan. Abdominal ultrasound provides clear and safe guidance for sampling of fluid or organs, mitigating the risk of inadvertent perforation or haemorrhage.

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Echocardiography

Echocardiography is a complex, non-invasive and accurate method to diagnose an array of congenital and acquired cardiac and pericardial diseases.

Our certified specialists will be using the GE Vivid iq mobile, state of the art ultrasound machine with a full complement of transducers. This test will provide insight into the function and structure of the heart. Through echocardiography, we can assess the size of the chambers, wall thickness, valvular motion and myocardial contractility. Our equipment permits use of B-mode, M-mode, colour flow Doppler including pulsed and continuous wave forms and the latest tissue Doppler imaging.

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Thoracic Ultrasound

Thoracic ultrasound is an excellent test to complement thoracic radiographs.

Our certified specialists will be using the GE Vivid iq mobile, state of the art ultrasound machine with a full complement of transducers. This test will provide insight into the disease processes involving the mediastinum, lungs, heart and pleural space. Thoracic ultrasound provides a platform for sample collection and enables visualization of vital structures to reduce complications such as haemorrhage or pneumothorax.

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Pregnancy Ultrasound

Pregnancy Ultrasound is very sensitive for the diagnosis of pregnancy. Although pregnancy can be diagnosed as early as 17-19 days in dogs and 11-14 days in cats, we recommend scanning at 21-25 days to ensure accuracy.

Our certified specialists will be using the GE Vivid iq mobile, state of the art ultrasound machine with a full complement of transducers. This test will provide insight into the fetal viability and gestational age. Ultrasound generally is not an accurate method of determining litter size. Please note that we will always do our best to estimate fetal numbers but cannot guarantee exact numbers

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Neck Ultrasound

Neck ultrasound provides detailed information about the complex endocrine organs of the thyroid and parathyroid glands.

Our certified specialists will be using the GE Vivid iq mobile, state of the art ultrasound machine with a full complement of transducers. This test will provide insight into the disease processes involving these glands. Cervical ultrasound aids in the diagnosis of feline hyperthyroidism, canine hypothyroidism, thyroid and parathyroid neoplasia. This procedure requires heavy sedation or general anaesthesia to enable patient compliance and positioning in dorsal recumbency.

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Endoscopy

** All endoscopy procedures include sample collection
  • Upper GI endoscopy (Gastroscopy)
    Lower GI endoscopy (Colonoscopy)
  • Combined upper and lower GI
    endoscopy
  • Rhinoscopy
  • Otoscopy and myringotomy
  • Bronchoscopy and BAL
  • Vaginoscopy/Urethroscopy/Cystoscopy
    (female dogs only)
  • Stricture balloon dilation
  • Endoscopically assisted gastropexy
    (requires surgeon to complete procedure)
  • Endoscopy assisted Oesophageal or
    Gastric foreign body retrieval

Endoscopy

We come equipped with a full suite of brand new Karl Storz Veterinary specific endoscopes. This is the latest in state of the art veterinary endoscopy which enables us to perform endoscopy procedures on small and large patients.

We have all of the equipment to perform endoscopy of the ear canals, nasal passages, large airways, urinary tract of females, upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. We also provide all of the necessary ancillary equipment to obtain biopsies, do washes or soaks, dilate strictures and remove foreign bodies.

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Endoscopically Assisted Gastropexy

Endoscopically assisted gastropexy is a recent advancement in prophylactic gastropexy that has the added benefits of being minimally invasive and a very short procedure time. This collaborative procedure involves the expertise of an endoscopist with a surgeon. The endoscope is placed into the pyloric antrum and the stomach insufflated. The surgeon then passes two stay sutures into the stomach to secure it to the body wall. The patient then undergoes a minimally invasive procedure which involves dissecting down to the gastric submucosa. The stomach seromuscular layer is then sutured to the peritoneum and transverse abdominal muscle.

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Cardiology

Echocardiography
Electrocardiography (ECG) and 24-hour Holter monitoring

Echocardiography

Echocardiography is a complex, non-invasive and accurate method to diagnose an array of congenital and acquired cardiac and pericardial diseases.

Using the GE Vivid iq mobile state of the art ultrasound machine and cardiac transducers, this test, performed by our certified specialists, will provide insight into the function and structure of the heart. Through echocardiography, we can assess the size of the chambers, wall thickness, valvular motion and myocardial contractility. Our equipment permits use of B-mode, M-mode, colour flow Doppler including pulsed and continuous wave forms and the latest tissue Doppler imaging.

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ECG and 24-hour Holter monitoring

Often cardiac work ups require imaging to assess the structure and function of the heart, but also need the complementary assessment of the cardiac rhythm. This is achieved using both ECG and 24-hour Holter ambulatory monitoring. We provide state of the art equipment to perform this in your clinic to diagnose common arrhythmias such as AV blocks, VPCs, Ventricular tachycardia and Atrial fibrillation. 24-hour ambulatory ECG is ideal for the treatment of some arrhythmias and greatly aids in their management. The Holter may be worn at home by the patient to enable accurate rhythm assessment over this 24-hour period in their natural environment going about their normal daily activities.

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Sample Collection

Ultrasound guided aspiration
Body cavity centesis (including Pericardiocentesis)
Tru-cut biopsy
Bone marrow aspiration and core biopsies
Joint fluid collection
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collection
Bone marrow aspiration
Blood cultures

Centesis and Biopsies

Centesis and biopsies are often done to complement our ultrasound procedures.

We provide all of the necessary equipment that enables us to skilfully and safely perform Thoracocentesis, Pericardiocentesis, Abdominocentesis, Cystocentesis, Cholecystocentesis, fine needle aspiration or Tru-cut biopsies. We use ultrasound guidance whenever sampling to avoid damage to nearby vital structures. We leave the samples with your clinic to be sent off to your preferred pathology provider. We ask to be included in the results to help provide on going advice and management of the patient’s problem.

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Bone Marrow Aspiration

Bone marrow aspirates are indicated in cases of non-regenerative anaemias, immune mediated neutropaenias, unexplained cytopaenias, leukaemias, amongst other conditions. This minimally invasive procedure is very safe, even in thrombocytopaenic patients and is performed under general anaesthesia. The results enable an accurate diagnosis of the marrow disorder and establishment of an effective management plan going forward.

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CSF Collection

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collection is a very delicate with a small margin for error.

We have safely performed this procedure on hundreds of patients. Spinal fluid sampling is vital in obtaining a diagnosis of meningitis and other CNS conditions such as lymphoma or fungal infections.

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Tube Placement

** All endoscopy procedures include sample collection
  • Oesophagostomy (O) tube
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube
  • Thoracostomy tube placement (Chest drains)

Feeding Tube Placement

Feeding tube placement is a wonderful tool for patients unable to eat or drink
on their own. Enteral nutrition is vital in critical patients to ensure a speedy return to health and also allow delivery of oral medications when this can otherwise be challenging. Oesophagostomy tubes are helpful in the management of patients with oropharyngeal disease, cats with Hepatic lipidosis and animals with Chronic Kidney Disease. PEG tubes are placed endoscopically and secured to the body wall. They are particularly useful in patients with nasty Oesophageal disease such as those with Oesophagitis following Oesophageal foreign body removal. Insight comes prepared with the equipment to place feeding tubes in your patients along with individualized nutrition plans.

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Other

  • Oesophageal or gastric foreign body retrieval
  • Oncept Melanoma vaccine
  • Fungal Aspergillus nasal and sinus soak

ONCEPT Melanoma Vaccine

ONCEPT melanoma vaccine is only available to a handful of veterinary specialists in Australia. Insight is privileged to be licensed and capable of administering the ONCEPT melanoma vaccine using the needle-less Vet-Jet introducer. ONCEPT is safe and an affective therapy to prolong survival time in dogs with stage II or III oral or digital melanoma (primary tumour >2cm, or any bone or lymph node involvement). The vaccine is given on 4 occasions two weeks apart followed by a booster every 6 months. The vaccine is easy to administer with almost no complications apart from local site irritation that settles quickly. Please contact us to arrange this, as it needs to be ordered from the USA for each patient.

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Get in touch

First ultrasound for your clinic is FREE
Staff pets HALF PRICE

Phone

03 9005 0323

 

Email

enquiry@insightmvd.com.au

 

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: Emergencies Only