Radiography is a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. As we continually strive to offer the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer digital radiology services (x-rays that are captured digitally rather than on film) as a means of providing time efficient care to our patients. This state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet. Plus, it uses less radiation than traditional x-rays. We also can digitally send your pets x-rays to a board certified veterinary radiologist for quick interpretations.
When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use x-rays to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible problems, or provide a list of possible causes. We use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools. We may also use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of the body’s organs. The size of organs is important because some medical conditions—such as kidney, heart, or liver disease—can alter the size of these organs. Tumors, depending on their size and location, can also sometimes be detected as well as bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions.
To avoid a blurry image, pets need to remain completely still while a radiograph is taken. In some cases, we may need to sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia.
If you have any questions about our radiology service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.