Radiography is an important diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. X-ray images (radiographs) allow veterinarians to examine the body for injury or disease. Not only used for bones, radiographs provide examinations of the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs. At World of Animals at Bethayres, we have a digital X-Ray unit who can quickly provide our veterinarians with the images they need to diagnose your pet.
But X-rays can give your veterinarian so much more information about your pet’s health, and can give clues about why your pet is sick.
X-rays of the abdomen are capable of providing your veterinarian with valuable information concerning organs including the liver, spleen, bladder, kidneys, prostate, uterus, and others. In some cases, these X-rays can identify tumors of these organs. Furthermore, if your pet has a tendency to eat things it shouldn’t, abdominal X-rays can show whether there is an obstruction in the intestines, which could cause your pet to vomit.
Chest X-rays are also very useful. Disorders such as pneumonia, heart failure, and tumors can be seen. A chest X-rays can display the heart’s shape and size, and, in many cases, will give us clues about which section of the heart is malfunctioning. The radiograph of the chest may warn us of fluid build-ups between the lungs and the chest wall. These X rays also can indicate problems with the esophagus, and the trachea.
Additionally, Radiographs of the spine are sometimes used to identify slipped disks, or other vertebral issues, in the event that your pet is having trouble walking or back pain.
Many people think that X-rays may harm their pet due to the radiation. This is not true! The amount of radiation used is very small, and exposure lasts for a fraction of a second. To have damage from radiation, an animal would need to be exposed to high amounts for long periods of time.
Radiographs are a common and sometimes life-saving diagnostic tool. Please do not hesitate to speak to your veterinarian about questions and concerns you may have regarding diagnostic tests he or she recommends.
We do not have ultrasound imaging availability in our practice, but we’ll be glad to refer you to the closest specialist.
Diagnostic ultrasound provides a special type of imaging of various parts of the body. This non-invasive technology examines internal structures using sound waves. Abdominal ultrasound is used to examine kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, adrenal glands, urinary bladder, and other internal structures. Thoracic ultrasound can identify chest masses and heart problems. Ultrasound technology plays an important role in both diagnosing and managing many medical problems.