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 examination of the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs. At World of Animals at Bethayres we have a Digital X-Ray unit that can quickly give our Veterinarians 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.
Abdominal x-rays can give your veterinarian an idea about the size and shape of other organs such as the liver, kidneys, spleen, prostate, bladder, uterus, etc. Many times a tumor of one of these organs can also be spotted on abdominal x-rays. If your pet has a tendency to eat things it shouldn’t, abdominal x-rays can show if something is obstructing the intestines and causing 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-ray can show the size and shape of the heart, and often will indicate which part of the heart might not be working properly. If there is a problem with the esophagus or the trachea it can sometimes be noticed. Sometimes fluid builds up between the lungs and the chest wall, this can also be seen on a radiograph.
The spine can also be radiographed in order to identify a slipped disk or other vertebral problem if 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 is for a fraction of a second. To have damage from radiation, they 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 diagnosing and managing many medical problems.