We are happy to provide this essential service to your pet in our hospital. Radiology (x-rays) are routinely performed and used by our doctors to provide valuable information about your pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate). It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or rule out other possible problems.
When a pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through its body and hits a piece of radiographic film. Images on the film appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal. Bones, which absorb more x-rays, appear as light gray structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer x-rays and appear as dark gray structures. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian. In some cases our doctors may recommend sending your pet’s x-rays to a specialist. We always want to be doing what is best for your pet and a specialist will be able to assist us in getting to the root of your pet’s problem.