We use x-rays to examine the size, shape and position of organs in the body.
Radiology is particularly important in the diagnosis of bone fractures, gastrointestinal disorders, bladder stones, heart disease, lung problems, tumors and other internal abnormalities. We also use x-rays to determine if there is foreign material in the body, such as bladder stones or digestive tract foreign bodies or obstructions (e.g. bones, corn cobs, fishing hooks!).
Sometimes we use a technique called contrast radiology to help us better determine what is going on in our patients. This form of x-rays uses material we place in the patient to highlight or contrast specific areas that may not show up very well with plain x-rays.
King Street Veterinary Hospital is equipped with a computer imaging unit which produces high quality radiographs. The veterinarians can view the images immediately which may then aid them in their diagnosis of your pets medical condition.
Often, we use x-rays in conjunction with ultrasound, giving a multidimensional view of your pet’s internal systems, and increasing accuracy of our diagnosis.
Most radiographs are taken with a mild sedation but in some cases a general anesthesia is required. We will inform you if a general anesthetic is required for your pet.