Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or rule out possible problems.
When a pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through its body and hits a piece of radiographic film. Images on the film appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal. Bones, which absorb more x-rays, appear as light gray structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer x-rays and appear as dark gray structures. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian.
New Digital Radiology
Our clinic is pleased to introduce Digital Radiography to the practice. Getting the perfect radiograph can be challenging for many practitioners. Digital imaging offers many advantages, besides high image quality.
Digital Radiology allows us to have fewer repeat films due to technique errors, thereby exposing your pet to less x-rays. It also provides us with the ability to send digitized images through networked computers in hospital (intranet) as well as to other doctors/specialists (internet) for consultation.
A digital image allows us to see soft tissue details and bone details in the same exposure by altering the image on a computer. We are able to adjust several image parameters AFTER the image is aquired.
Teleradiology: By sending an image via the internet, we are able to send images, history and signalment to specialists for consultation.
This new technology will allow us to continue to provide quality care to your pet.