Radiography

File:Golden Doodle hip xray side view.jpgImagery in the form of radiography is undertaken on the:

  • Chest
  • Abdominal
  • Limb
  • Spinal cord 
  • ..and much more!

We have also recently purchased a state of the art digital radiography. This new digital x-ray allows us to take clearer and quicker x-rays and reduced the time you pet may need to be under anaesthetic. We need the patient to stay as still as possible which sometimes requires a general anaesthetic. This machine allows us to take very clear images of all these areas.

What happens to my pet when it is booked in for radiographs?

Most patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have radiographs taken, unless it is an emergency and we’ll take them immediately. We ask that you bring your pet in without breakfast on the morning of admission, as they often need sedated or anaesthetised to allow us to take the best quality radiographs possible.
Once the radiographs have been taken we will give you a call or book an appointment for our veterinarians to show you the images and to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.

Why do pets need to be sedated or anaesthetised to have radiographs taken?
For good quality radiographs, the patient must be perfectly still.  Most pets can't lie still enough and in the correct position for us to take images of diagnostic quality.  Sedation and anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful radiographs possible.

How are radiographs produced?

Our high quality digital machine produces X-ray beams that are shot towards the patient.  The different tissue types of the patient will absorb the X-rays to different amounts and what is not absorbed passes through the animal and is absorbed by a digital plate.  The variation in the amount of X-rays hitting the plate is what creates the image.  The resulting image is made up of varying shades of grey (opacities) of which we can determine abnormalities in your animal.  We will demonstrate and explain the radiographs when your pet goes home.

When will my pet need a radiograph?

Common conditions requiring radiography include: Bone fractures, Bone developmental disorders in young animals, cruciate ligament ruptures (stifle disease), osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries, assesment of abdominal organs, lung and heart diseases, bladder stones, gastrointestinal torsions and foreign body obstructions as well as many others.