Radiology (X-ray) is a form of diagnostics our veterinarians use to learn more about your pet’s body. It’s completely safe and non-invasive. X-rays are helpful when a physical examination isn’t sufficient to narrow down the cause of your pet’s symptoms. At our hospitals, we use digital X-rays, which are more advanced than the traditional kind.
What are X-rays used to diagnose?
X-rays can be used to rule out problems or provide a list of possible causes. X-rays provide valuable information about your pet’s stomach, intestines, colon, lungs, heart, bones, prostate and bladder. We can diagnose conditions like arthritis, spinal cord disease, fractures, periodontal disease, tumours, foreign objects and gallstones.
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 that 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.
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.