Ultrasound and X-ray Services for Pets
Ultrasounds and X-rays are imaging tools we use in our hospital to diagnose our patients. Sometimes in order to perform operations or identify health issues we need to see the internal organs and structures of your furry friend’s body. At our hospital, our staff is trained and has years of experience performing both ultrasounds and X-rays.
What are ultrasounds and X-Rays used for in pets?
Ultrasounds and X-rays show images or pictures of the internal organs and structures. As each tool is used to diagnose different conditions our veterinarians may perform both to rule out illnesses the other doesn’t detect and to get a better understanding of your pet’s well-being. Ultrasounds are used to detect tumours, fluids, cysts and pregnancies. Radiographs are used to identify gallstones, fractures, arthritis, foreign objects, hip and elbow dysplasia and much more.
How does ultrasound and X-rays work in pets?
To perform an ultrasound a sonographer will apply gel to the area of interest after the hair/fur has been shaved. A handheld wand connected to a computer called a transducer is moved strategically over the gel. As the wand moves it sends sound waves that echo and reveal the internal images at that area. The images are shown on a computer monitor.
X-rays use small amounts of radiation to capture images as it passes through your pet’s body. The images are shown in black and white and it takes a skilled and trained doctor to interpret the results. With a digital X-ray system we can show you your pet’s radiographs in the exam room in real time. We can also use digital X-ray to electronically refer patients with complex cases to a board-certified radiologist.
Are X-rays safe for my pet?
Yes. Traditional X-rays use a small amount of radiation which is completely safe for your pet. Even after repeated use it is unlikely that your furry friend will develop any conditions from radiation exposure. Our hospital uses digital X-rays which use 80% less radiation.
What special preparation does my pet need for an ultrasound or X-ray?
These procedures may require shaving some areas of your pet’s body. To get a clear image of the internal structure our team may shave the hair from that part of your pet’s body. Both procedures are painless and non-invasive and they generally don’t require sedation. However, during X-rays if your pet is too anxious or in too much pain to stay still they may be given a short-acting sedative. If you have more questions about your pet’s upcoming ultrasound or X-ray appointment, do not hesitate to call us at 506.455.1700..