When we need to figure out what’s wrong with your pet, we routinely use x-rays to help identify the cause of the problem, rule out possible problems, or provide a list of possible causes. We may also use x-rays during a wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.
X-rays provide valuable 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. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.
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. This is especially true when taking x-rays of pets that may be stiff or sore due to arthritis or an injury.
Spring 2017, we installed a brand new state of the art Idexx digital x-ray system. This is an exciting new addition to our diagnostic imaging capabilities and is completely integrated with our laboratory equipment and practice software. Digital x-rays will allow us to get better quality images of internal organs, bones and joints. Digital x-rays also offer the advantage of being able to adjust the image (darken or lighten it to see things better) and to zoom in on areas of interest as well as being able to send images to a veterinary radiologist ASAP if needed.
If you have any questions about our radiology service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.