Radiology is often used to assist with the diagnosis of illness in your pet. X-ray images can help to identify the cause of a problem, rule other problems in or out, and identify other potential issues. We may also take radiographs during a wellness examination to diagnose potential problems before they become serious. For example, we often recommend pelvic radiographs when your dog is neutered or spayed to determine the relative risk of hip dysplasia.
Radiographs can provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory system, heart, genitourinary system as well as the skull and teeth. We use radiology alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to assess your pet’s health issues. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian and we may request that a board certified radiologists review your pet’s radiographs if necessary.
We are proud to offer the newest technology in radiology at our practice: direct digital radiology (x-rays that are captured digitally rather than on film). This state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide you with a quicker, more accurate diagnosis for your pet. Plus, it uses less radiation than traditional x-rays. In addition, digital radiology is far more convenient as the images can instantly be emailed to veterinary specialists or to your other family veterinarian if you are a seasonal resident.
To avoid a blurry image, pets need 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 in order to obtain the views that we require.
If you have any questions about our radiology service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.