Digital X-rays provide clear, two-dimensional, still images that are captured digitally instead of on film by emitting a very low level of radiation. Digital X-rays are fast, painless, and safe for dogs, cats, and pocket pets. It is ideal for viewing the following:
-Musculoskeletal system—Bones and joints
-Gastrointestinal tract—Stomach, intestines, and colon
-Respiratory tract—Lungs and heart
-Genitourinary system—Bladder and prostate
Radiology, or X-rays, are a commonly used and highly important diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. When a pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through the body to a radiographic film. Much like a camera, this creates a black and white digital image of the internal organs and bones. Bones, which absorb more x-rays, appear as light gray or white structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer x-rays and appear as dark gray structures. X-rays allow us to see bones, joints, internal organ size and position, fluid accumulations, gas pockets, anatomy abnormalities or any densities within the body.
Used alone or in combination with other imaging techniques, radiology allows for evaluation and collection of vital information to assist in medical diagnosis.
X-rays are developed digitally immediately after they are taken, and are available for interpretation within a couple of minutes. An appointment will be arranged to review the images and information with you following the procedure.
If required, the referral services of a board certified radiologist, orthopedic surgeon or an internal medicine specialist are available for advanced interpretation. We want to be able to provide you with the best in health care and service for your pets.