Radiology (X-Rays)

Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a 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 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.

Contrast Radiology

Diagnostic radiology can often be enhanced by combining contrast agents to highlight body structures that are not easily seen with a radiograph (x-ray) alone. We often use a contrast medium to highlight the stomach and intestinal tract of pets when evaluating transit times and searching for things like obstructions (blockages).

OFA Evaluation

Hip and elbow certification for breeding programs.