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 preventive care exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.
We use a Nomad Pro2 portable dental x-ray unit to enhance our dental diagnostic capabilities. Periodontal disease processes are not always visible without proper intra-oral radiography. This unit facilitates early diagnosis and intervention which has been proven to extend the life of our patients.
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.
We utilize computed radiography (CR) which is a digital imaging technology and digital x-ray management system for our patients. Digital technology is much faster than conventional radiography, and produces much better diagnostic images. This benefit results in better diagnostic analysis and more timely decisions about patient care.
Using this technology, we can obtain the images quickly, and potentially make a diagnosis sooner. This means we can discuss our findings with clients and proceed to the next step without delay, which saves time and money.
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.
If you have any questions about our radiology service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.