Animal radiography or radiology uses the same technology that is used on humans as a tool to diagnose injury and disease.
The machines we use are almost exactly like those used for humans, but have modifications to accommodate animals of varying sizes, from hamsters to horses.
The most common type of radiography is an x-ray. The shadowy image of an x-ray is created when certain organs and bones, which are relatively dense, absorb x-rays more readily than other body parts. When exposed to the x-rays, the denser tissues or bones show up as white, while the less dense areas are black. The x-ray is perhaps one of the first tests we will administer for a sick or injured animal in order to assess and diagnose its condition.
We may often administer anaesthesia or a sedative to make the procedure easier on both the vet and the animal. For tests that require the patient to be still, anesthesia is usually administered in order to get a clear picture.
All our surgeries are equipped with digital radiography.