Radiographs (X-rays) are a frequently utilized diagnostic imaging tool in veterinary medicine. Radiographs can provide significant information about a pet’s musculoskeletal system, teeth, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal tract and urinary system. Often radiographs are interpreted in conjunction with other diagnostics (blood work, ultrasound ) to provide a more complete picture of a pet’s condition.
X-rays are safe for your pet. An X-ray beam passes through the body and is absorbed by an X-ray film in our radiographic machine. Bones and other dense tissues absorb more of the X-ray beam, thus they show up as “white” on the film. Softer tissues, or tissues full of air such as lungs, absorb less of the X-ray beam thus they appear darker on the film.
We’re excited to announce we now have digital radiology (X-ray) capabilities. Our new Cuattro system is the most advanced system available in the veterinary market. So advanced in fact, we are only the second clinic in Ontario to have one! Many other systems exist; however, the Cuattro system is superior for many reasons.
Unlike traditional x-rays, in which images are produced on a film much like traditional cameras, our new system allows us to capture images taken on a digital screen much like your digital camera. The result is a much improved image quality. What does this mean for your pet? A great number of things!
Most importantly digital radiographs allow us a much higher degree of diagnostic capability as the images produced are far more clear and concise- We can see inside your pet much more clearly!
The images are taken extremely quickly, allowing minimal time for your pet to be on the x-ray table- this is especially important if your pet is an older or arthritic pet, in discomfort or under general anesthesia.
Another benefit is that the images taken, being digital images, can easily be sent into your pet’s electronic file, sent to a specialist or referring veterinarian, burned to a CD, or emailed to anyone you wish. They can also be archived for easy future retrieval and never lose their image quality.
For more information, please call us and ask to see some of the images for yourself- Seeing is believing!
Our veterinarians in our hospital do most radiographic reading and interpretation. However, in complicated cases, we send them directly to board certified radiologists for interpretation. This access to specialist consultation can be particularly useful in emergency cases.