Radiographs are commonly used to help diagnose pets with many things, including but not limited to tumours, constipation, metastasis, foreign bodies, bone disease etc.
When we are trying to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use radiographs to help identify the root of the problem, rule out possible problems, or provide you a list of possible causes to the symptoms your pet is experiencing.
We may also offer/use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.
Radiographs provide valuable and important information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). We use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools such as blood work and/or ultrasound.
Interpretation of radiographs require great skill on the part of the veterinarian and are likely to be sent to a radiologist (specializes in reading radiographs) to ensure proper diagnoses and further plan based on the diagnoses.
We offer digital radiology (x-rays that are captured digitally rather than on film like back in the day). This new technology allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet as well as using less radiation.
To avoid a blurry image, your pet needs to remain completely still while an x-ray is taken. In some cases, we may need to sedate your pet or use short-acting general anesthesia