Diagnostic Imaging - Digital Radiology Services

Dr. Buller reviewing chest x-rays with the new digital system.
We have recently made the switch to direct digital radiography, which comes with many benefits to our hospital and our patients! Some of the shining points include:

  1. Less radiographs due to increase diagnostic capability. Digital radiography comes with much higher contrast images. This results in less x-ray exposure to both our patients and staff!
  2. Less retake x-rays due to imperfect settings. Digital radiography allows us to manipulate the image digitally, and is not nearly as sensitive to incorrect settings as plain film. This also reduces the x-ray exposure to our patients.
  3. Much more environmentally friendly! Plain radiographs require the use of film and x-ray chemicals that must be replaced frequently. The change to digital radiography will result in less chemicals in the environment, and less medical waste with old films!

X-Rays are not just for broken bones. Radiographs can give us a look at such things as the size of the heart, the pattern of disease in the lungs, intestines, liver, spleen and bladder. Although an x-ray is quick and painless, we may suggest some sedation to assist with the procedure.

Dr. Hylands attends internet radiology rounds each Sunday evening with other associate editor veterinarians on the Veterinary Information Network. The information shared during these sessions has been an enormous source of learning new knowledge that is extended to our patient’s care.

Open mouth lateral radiograph and inverted radiograph with digital radiography.

The above side-by-side images of a canine skull were taken with our digital radiography system, and has been opened in our software program where it can easily be manipulated. On the left and outlined in red, the magnifying tool is being used, enlarging the area to 1.5x its original size. On the right, the image colours are inverted, allowing for better visualization of some bone structures.

Open mouth lateral radiograph with digital radiography.

Above is the same skull radiograph zoomed in.

Radiograph of a canine abdomen.

The image above is of a normal abdomen. See if you can match the organs to the image with the lettering (below) when comparing both images.

Lateral digital radiograph with organs labelled.

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