Diagnostic tools such as x-rays are critical for veterinary hospitals for the simple reason that our pets can’t talk to us and tell us that something is wrong. Sometimes, an external exam does not provide all the information a veterinarian needs to determine the overall health of your pet.
An important diagnostic tool that we use at Blaine Veterinary Clinic is digital radiography. This in-house radiography capability enables us to safely and quickly assess the status of injuries or diseases that may be affecting your pet. It can be extremely beneficial in helping our veterinarian diagnose fractures, locate objects your pet may have swallowed, discover masses such as tumors, measure organ size for disease, diagnose pneumonia, discover pregnancies, bladder stones, chronic arthritis, and certain spinal cord diseases.
Digital radiography is painless, safe, completely non-invasive, and it uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure is so low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo radiography.
Another advantage of digital radiography is that it provides images much faster and with greater clarity than traditional x-rays. These digital images can be manipulated, enhanced, and contrasted, allowing our doctor to diagnose a condition more accurately. Additionally, the digital images may be shared instantly with board certified veterinary radiologists for consultation if required.