Ultrasounds and X-rays (also known as radiographs) are diagnostic tools that allow us to peer inside your pet’s body. We examine the images from their scans to diagnose and treat your pet. These visuals can show us abnormal growths, pregnancies, and fractures. When we conduct a test we’re able to receive the results immediately and discuss our next best move with pet owners.
When is an ultrasound or X-ray necessary?
Not all illnesses or medical conditions are visible. After giving your pet a physical exam and discussing your concerns, the vet may suggest an ultrasound or X-ray to accurately diagnose their condition. Ultrasounds and X-rays provide clear visuals of your pet’s skeletal system and organs. We’ll be able to detect inflammations, enlarged organs, broken bones and foreign objects your pet may have swallowed. If necessary, we’ll try a series of diagnostic tests to narrow down the possible causes of your pet’s pain or discomfort.
What are the advantages of using digital X-rays?
Digital X-rays provide immediate images on a computer monitor rather than on film. This means we can resize the picture and view the image from different angles. With digital X-rays, up to 70% less radiation is used, making it very unlikely that your pet can develop conditions from repeated exposure.
What’s the difference between an Ultrasound and an X-ray?
The images ultrasounds and X-rays produce have their own strengths and weaknesses. Ultrasounds use sound waves to create a visual of your pet’s internal system. It can show us the condition of their organs, joints and muscles. We also use ultrasounds to detect pregnancies and look into your pet’s arteries. It provides a finer image than an X-ray. However, the benefit of radiographs (X-rays) is their variety. Echocardiography can monitor the condition of your pet’s heart, while dental radiographs capture an image of your pet’s gums and can spot infections. X-rays use light rays to penetrate your pet’s body and can examine your pet’s chest, bones, and abdomen.
Will my pet be sedated?
It’s possible that we may need to sedate your pet for the procedure. For clear images, your pet needs to remain still during the scan. Short-acting anesthesia is usually given to pets who are anxious or have difficulty staying still.