The use of digital radiography is an essential tool in modern diagnostic procedures.
Radiographs, commonly known as x-rays, are used to evaluate injuries and conditions which require more than external examination. Radiology equipment gives us a non-invasive way to observe your pet's internal physiology so that we can provide a more thorough and accurate diagnosis. Our vets use x-rays to detect bone fractures, bladder stones, tumours, soft tissue problems - those related to the heart, stomach, intestines, reproductive and urinary systems - as well as to locate swallowed foreign bodies such as toys, stones or socks!
The imaging procedure is completely painless and can be performed on a calm, co-operative pet without sedation, although more commonly the vet will administer a sedative or general anaesthesia in cases where the pet has trouble becoming fully relaxed naturally. The vet will discuss this with you prior to the procedure taking place.
Once the x-rays have been taken, they can immediately be evaluated on the computer screen and can be stored and emailed if needed.
Positioning pet and machine prior to x-ray being taken.