Radiographs, more commonly referred to as X-rays, are a non-invasive way for us to evaluate the size, shape and density of bone and soft tissue structures within your pet. Radiographic images can be useful for evaluating the chest, abdomen and limbs and may be recommended for common issues like limping, coughing, or possible foreign material ingestion and allow us to better diagnose and treat your pet as it helps us see things that are not visible on physical exam. Radiography allows us to look at the size and shape of organs and evaluate for fluid in inappropriate locations as well as looking for broken bones, dislocations, arthritis and pneumonia. Most pets do not require sedation or anesthesia to obtain radiographs. The exceptions to this would be painful pets, pets that require precise positioning for orthopedic evaluation, as well as skull and dental radiographs.
We are pleased to offer digital radiography that takes high resolution images quickly for images that can be viewed immediately. High-resolution capabilities and fewer retakes means faster, more valuable diagnostics. Image quality today is better than ever. Advances in digital radiology now allow us to save time and limit radiation exposure for both your pet and our staff. The amount of radiation your pet is exposed to is minimal and harmless. Digital radiographs allow us to easily share images with specialists. In addition to our own interpretation, we submit all of our images to a board certified Veterinary radiologist for review at no additional cost to you. The radiologist evaluates the images and sends us a report with their interpretation and recommendations for additional diagnostics or treatment options. The signs of disease on a radiograph can be very subtle and it can take significant expertise to read these subtle signs. Therefore, they are less likely to be missed or misinterpreted if a radiologist is consulted. However, since not all diseases and conditions are apparent through radiographs, other forms of imaging may be recommended for your pet.