Pet X-Rays:

Using Digital Veterinary Radiology Precision to Pinpoint Pets’ Conditions

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Just about everyone has seen a film X-ray showing a patient’s bone structure. But did you know that X-rays can be used to diagnose much more than skeletal issues? Or that film is no longer required? At Columbia Pike Animal Hospital, our veterinarians use the latest in veterinary radiology technology to ensure the best of care for our pet patients.


Veterinary Applications

Digital X-rays are helpful in identifying a variety of pet health conditions. Our veterinarians use them to evaluate muscular-skeletal issues, such as bone fractures, hip dysplasia, and cat or dog arthritis. Radiology also is used to examine various organs—including the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and small intestine—for irregularities. These could range from a foreign body lodged in the stomach or intestine, to the presence of fluid, a tumor, or disease.

Digital X-rays are often used in conjunction with veterinary ultrasound when diagnosing pet health conditions. Where X-rays offer a two-dimensional view of organs, ultrasound offers a three-dimensional perspective.

The benefits of digital X-ray technology also extend to pet dental care. Digital dental X-rays enable our veterinarians to diagnose issues that may be taking place below your pet’s gum line, such as fractures and bone loss.

Why Digital Is Better

X-rays have been a dependable veterinary diagnostic tool for a very long time. However, thanks to advances in technology, we are now able to use digital X-rays as opposed to film. The resulting images are produced at a much higher resolution. In addition, specific areas of the image can be enlarged, offering enhanced clarity.

Because the results are available almost instantaneously, our veterinarians can diagnose pet health conditions much more rapidly. Should there be a need for additional insights from a board-certified veterinary specialist, we can email the digital X-rays and have a telephone consult within the same day. This ensures that our pet patients receive the veterinary care they need as soon as possible.