Diagnostic Services

X-raysAs part of our commitment to provide you with the best medical care for your Carolina Forest pet, we have invested in the latest diagnostic technology. After performing a thorough examination, diagnostic tests are sometimes necessary to identify the underlying cause of your companion's illness.

Digital Radiographs

Radiographs, or X-rays, are one of the most common and useful diagnostic tools in medicine. At River Oaks Animal Hospital our veterinary team uses X-rays to examine your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas and for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. If we suspect your pet 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 veterinary care for your pet, River Oaks Animal Hospital has invested in a state-of-the-art digital X-ray machine. There are many important advantages to digital X-rays:

Advanced diagnostic capabilities are an extremely important part of veterinary medicine, in part because we can't simply ask our patients what is wrong. Our investment in digital X-ray technology reflects our commitment to offer you and your pet the best, most comprehensive healthcare available.


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

At River Oaks Animal Hospital, we use ultrasounds to assess the shape, size, tissue density, internal structure, and position of your pet's abdominal organs, assess cardiac health (also called an echocardiogram), and diagnose pregnancy. It can also be used to identify masses or tumors and as a guide during surgical biopsies.

The ultrasound procedure takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform and, unless it is being used during a surgical biopsy, does not typically require sedation. A diagnosis based on what we see is usually available immediately, which means we can also provide you with treatment options at the time of your appointment and minimize your worry and stress.

Laboratory Testing at River OaksOur In-House Medical and Diagnostic Laboratory

When our veterinary staff is performing your pet's regular wellness examinations or diagnosing an illness, what they can't see can be more important than what they can see.

Because protecting your pet's health is our most important job, we have an advanced in-house diagnostic laboratory that allows us to perform complete blood counts, chemistry profiles, electrolytes, urinalysis, fecal exams and cytology evaluations. Laboratory testing provides information about your pet's overall systemic health without the need for invasive and expensive procedures. The results can also help us in the early detection of diseases and other conditions. Without timely access to these test results, it would be difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet's health.

Thanks to River Oaks Animal Hospital's in-house diagnostic laboratory, we can also deliver your pet's test results quickly — often within a few minutes — minimizing the time you need to wait for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

If you would like more information about the Carolina Forest veterinary diagnostic services River Oaks Animal Hospital offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in Myrtle Beach, please call (843) 236-6080.