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Pet Diagnostic Imaging – Digital Radiology Services

We have recently made the switch to direct digital radiography, which comes with many benefits to our hospital and our patients!


What are benefits of digital radiology?

  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!

Veterinarian pointing at an x-ray image on a monitor

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.


Dog thinking about ticks and fleas

Year-round protection means more peace of mind!

“Tick season” used to mean spring/summer/fall, with a break over the winter – the colder weather meant that we could take a break from worrying about these pesky bugs and the diseases they can transmit. But in the last few years, we’ve seen a change creeping up on us, with the weather staying warm later into the season, and spring arriving earlier each year – and the bugs are loving it!

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