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X-ray

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.

How do you use X-ray at your hospital?

We now use direct digital radiography, which comes with many benefits to our hospital and our patients! Some of the shining points include:

  • Less radiographs due to an increase in diagnostic capability. Digital radiography comes with much higher contrast images. It results in less x-ray exposure to both our patients and staff!
  • 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. It also reduces the x-ray exposure to our patients.
  • 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.

Will my pet be sedated during the procedure?

Although an x-ray is quick and painless, occasionally we may sedate pets during radiology scans. Both procedures are pain-free, but when a pet is nervous, our team will administer a short-acting sedative to relax them. Your pet must stay still during X-rays as movement can result in blurry images which are difficult to interpret.

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The Advantages of Digital X-ray

Digital radiography has revolutionized diagnostic capabilities, offering higher contrast images with significantly less x-ray exposure for both patients and staff. This technology reduces the need for retakes due to incorrect settings, as images can be digitally manipulated, further minimizing radiation exposure. Additionally, digital radiography is much more environmentally friendly, eliminating the need for film and harmful chemicals, thereby reducing medical waste and environmental impact.

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