Digital Radiology – Better than Traditional X-Rays

By September 5, 2014 Newsletter

We have recently invested in state-of-the-art digital x-ray equipment. This new technology greatly enhances our diagnostic abilities and better assist our team in treating your pet. Digital x-ray equipment has many benefits for you, your pet, our staff and the environment.

The ability to provide a range of imaging techniques is essential for rapidly diagnosing your pet’s medical problems. For the most part, your pet is unable to describe his or her symptoms. As a result, we need to rely on additional techniques in order to make an accurate diagnosis. The better the diagnostic technology and equipment, the more accurate the diagnosis.

We have recently purchased a new, state-of-the-art, digital radiology machine. Compared to x-rays produced by a traditional machine, the quality of digital radiographs is much better. However, not all digital x-ray machines are the same, nor do they give the same detail. It is important to have an x-ray machine that produces superior and detailed images. Our machine, is one of the best machines manufactured for veterinary hospitals. This machine produces high quality images, allowing a higher probability of making an accurate diagnosis for your pet’s condition. Since all the radiographs we take are digital, the time spent taking your pets’ radiographs is significantly shortened and fewer x-rays are needed to achieve diagnostic-quality results.

Radiology, the most common form of imaging, allows us to view the shape, size, and location of organs inside your pet’s body. Radiographs (x-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in examining your pet’s bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity and other areas of the body. An x-ray can detect a fractured bone, cancerous tumor, heart problem and locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet’s stomach or intestine. X-rays and Ultrasound are often utilized if cancer is suspected. X-rays are also used for evaluation and certification by OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals).

Digital radiology benefits the environment. Since there are no strong chemicals, film and fumes, there is much less impact on our surroundings.