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 wellness exam to diagnose potential problems before they become serious.
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.
At Advanced Vet Care we use hi-resolution digital radiography (x-rays that are captured digitally rather than on film). This state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide you with a quicker diagnosis for your pet. More specifically, It provides us with the ability to enlarge & change the contrast of the image, and take X-Rays with less radiation exposure to your pet. The digital X-Ray has increased the veterinarian’s ability to see subtle differences in bone and soft tissue. We also provide our patients with X-Ray contrast studies of the digestive tract and urinary tract to diagnose disease, foreign bodies or other pathologies.The image is digitally delivered directly to our computer to be evaluated and recorded in your pet’s file.. We can image all pets from a parakeet to a Great Dane !
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.