Digital imaging for greater clarity
Radiographs, or X-rays can help us see what is happening inside your pet
We use sophisticated digital radiology equipment to obtain important information by capturing images of your pet’s bones and organs. Sometimes we need this information to help diagnose a problem—for example, if your pet is lame, has a swollen belly or labored breathing. We might also use digital images to count the number of unborn puppies or kittens in pregnant dogs and cats.
What we can see
Digital radiographs are two-dimensional pictures of your pet’s musculoskeletal system and internal organs. We may use digital images to evaluate or help diagnose:
- Anterior cruciate ligament tears
- Bladder stones
- Bone fractures
- Bone tumors
- Dental disease
- Diphragmatic hernia
- Hip dysplasia
- Intestinal blockage
- Irregularities of the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys or other organs
- Soft tissue tumors
- Spinal cord disease
Advantages of digital imaging
We use a sophisticated digital radiology system that can capture a detailed, high-resolution image of your pet’s injury or area of concern in less than four seconds. As a result, your pet spends less time on the X-ray table.
We can review the images almost instantly on any computer in our office, without waiting for film to develop. We can also magnify the image or change its contrast in order to see more detail. This enables us to begin immediate treatment. If necessary, a consulting veterinarian can view your pet’s digital images almost immediately via email, saving valuable time.
What to expect
Digital radiography is painless and non-invasive. It uses very low doses of radiation to capture the images, so it is safe even for pregnant females and very young pets.
When we take radiographs, most of the time we do not need to sedate you pet. If we need to use sedation so that he or she will remain still long enough for us to capture the images, the sedative effect does not last very long. However, your pet may need to remain with us for a few hours. After we capture the images, we will review them with you.