Medical: Radiology

xraybernardOur on-site, modern, digital X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. We have just upgraded to the fastest, high speed -low dose -direct digital xray camera available. This allows us to see delicate bones in eagles/kittens and yet get perfect images in a Great Dane.

 

Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, and 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.

 

imagesWhen a pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through its body and hits a sensor similar to a digital camera—only instead of 1/2 inch across our xray sensor is 17 inches across. Images on the computer 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.

 

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