Clinicians may decide to include radiographs in their diagnostic work-up when a patient presents for lameness, gastrointestinal disease, cardiopulmonary disease, neoplasia or the assessment of body trauma among other conditions.
Here at SEAVS, we use a Computed Radiography which offers a more detailed picture than conventional film radiography. The digital image is processed within seconds and can be further enhanced and adjusted after the image has been captured. This benefits your animal by exposing them to less radiation as it requires fewer retakes and image previews can be available within seconds.
The ability to adjust image brightness and contrast allow the radiographer to capture in one shot what would have taken several attempts with conventional radiography. The images are easily transferred digitally onto a server or other file storage in order to be viewed off-site.
What Happens to My Pet?
When a pet is radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through its body onto a special cassette. The cassette is inserted into a processor that digitizes the image. Images appear on computer monitors as different shades of white, gray, and black that reflect the animal’s anatomy. Bones absorb more x-rays and appear whiter than the surrounding tissue. Internal organs and other soft tissues absorb fewer x-rays and appear as gray structures.
Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of the veterinarian. Radiographs provide a safe and non-invasive approach to diagnosing various disease conditions. As with ultrasonagraphy, light sedation may be required to obtain a quality image.