Digital Radiography

xray room

Radiology (X-ray) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate).

When a pet is being radiographed, an X-ray beam passes through its body and hits a piece of radiographic film. Images on the film appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal. Bones, which absorb more X-rays, appear as light gray structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer X-rays and appear as dark gray structures. Interpretation of radiographs requires considerable skill on the part of the veterinarian.

The use of this diagnostic tool allows us to check for problems that are normally not visible, such as hairline fractures, possible foreign bodies, or stones in the bladder. Our X-ray machine uses a digital system, meaning our images are immediately displayed and can be easily manipulated for better image quality or sent to specialists to consult on difficult cases.

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