What Are X-Rays (Radiographs)
American Pet Hospital uses a DR computerized radiography machine. Computerized X-Rays give veterinarians quick results, as the advanced configuration takes out handling and advancement time needed with conventional X-Rays. X-Rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation, much the same as visible light. In a medical setting, X-Rays are emitted by a machine as individual “particles” (photons) that pass through the body and afterward get recognized by a sensitive film.
At the point when your veterinarian takes a look at a radiograph (X-Ray), he or she searches for diverse shades of dark and light. Air allows the most X-Rays through the animal, resulting in a dark image. Fat is next, creating a picture that appears lighter than air. Lighter still is liquid or delicate tissue. Structures that are extremely thick, (for example, bone) block a large portion of the photons, and appear white on film. Metal and contrast media (intravenous and oral differentiation) block almost all the photons and appear bright white.
X-rays are very useful for diagnosing medical problems. If your veterinarian feels a lump or mass in your pet’s abdomen, an X-ray can determine where the mass is located. X-rays can very often pinpoint the organ where the problem is occurring. A mass or foreign object in the stomach is often easily seen in an X-ray. If your pet is vomiting and an X-ray reveals irregular gas patterns and bunching of the small intestine, this could mean that your pet has eaten string or Christmas tree tinsel.
How X-Rays Are Performed
Much like conventional photography, motion causes blurry images on the radiographic film. In order to obtain quality x-rays, the animal needs to be perfectly still during the brief (approximately 1 second) exposure. Taking X-rays of an animal is different than for humans. You can ask a human to hold still. Pets sometimes are not as cooperative and need sedation. When complete muscle relaxation is required (hip x-rays) or when the pet is uncomfortable (traumatic injury or bone fracture), short-acting general anesthesia may be required.
How Your Pet Will Feel
There is no discomfort from x-ray exposure.
Our modern X-ray equipment provides excellent diagnostic quality radiographic films. In addition, we perform many specialty procedures, including GI series and urinary bladder contrast studies. These special procedures are necessary for identifying difficult or chronic problems.