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Radiography

Radiography

Our hospital is fully equipped to take radiographs (often called X-rays) of your pet.  Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires radiographs. Radiographs are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.

Digital radiography is a form of x-ray imaging where digital x-ray sensors are used instead of the traditional photographic film.  Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images.  Also less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiographs.  Instead of x-ray film, digital radiograph uses a digital image captive device.  This gives the advantage of immediate image preview and availability, elimination of film processing steps, as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques by the system’s computer, this enhances the overall display of image.

This allows us to see more detail on the x-ray image which assists in a more accurate diagnosis and also we can alter the contrasts of the image to see more details in different tissue types.  We can also easily email these images to veterinary specialists for their opinion.  This technology purchase is part of our overall commitment to provide the best possible diagnostic service to our clients.

We can also easily email these images to veterinary specialists for their opinion.  This technology purchase is part of our overall commitment to provide the best possible diagnostic service to our clients.

 What happens to my pet when it is booked in for radiographs?

Most of our patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have radiographs taken, unless it is an emergency and we’ll take them immediately. We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as they will most likely be sedated or anaesthetised to allow us to take the best quality radiographs possible.

Once the radiographs have been taken we will give you a call or book an appointment for our veterinarians to show you the images and to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.

Why do pets need to be sedated or anaesthetised to have radiographs taken?

When we have radiographs (X-rays) taken the radiographer asks us to keep perfectly still, often in unnatural positions.  Most pets would never lie still enough, in the correct position, for us to take good quality radiographs required to diagnose their condition. Sedation and anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful radiographs possible.

How are radiographs made?

Taking a radiograph is very similar to taking a photo, except we use X-rays instead of light rays. The usefulness of radiography as a diagnostic tool is based upon the ability of X-rays to penetrate matter. Different tissues in the body absorb X-rays to differing degrees. Of all the tissues in the body, bone absorbs the most X-rays. This is the reason that bone appears white on a radiograph. Soft tissues, such as lungs or organs, absorb some but not all of the X-rays, so soft tissues appear on a radiograph in different shades of grey.  We will demonstrate and explain the radiographs when your pet goes home.