At Insight Veterinary Wellness Center, patients have access to a state-of-the-art, in-house diagnostic center that’s fully equipped to assist our veterinarians with accurate diagnostic procedures.
Radiology is one of the most useful and frequently employed veterinary tools for diagnostics and health screening.
What Is Radiology?
Radiology is a diagnostic tool that uses x-ray radiation to produce radiographs (also called x-ray images) of a patient’s internal structures.
Radiographs help veterinarians evaluate a pet’s bones, and organs to screen for common health disorders, age-related conditions, and more. Radiology is a safe, painless, non-invasive method for veterinarians to look inside patients without the need for exploratory surgery.
How Our Veterinarian Uses Radiology
When most people think about radiology, they think about broken bones.
Radiology, however, allows veterinarians to assess a whole host of medical concerns beyond bone fractures.
As a result, radiographs help us evaluate the health of a pet’s internal organs and structures and also to detect, diagnose, and monitor a variety of health problems, medical conditions, and other abnormalities in pets, such as:
- Injury evaluation
- Chronic orthopedic conditions like arthritis
- Congenital conditions
- Lungs and thoracic cavity assessment
- Detection of tumors and masses
- Cardiovascular health and function
- Abdominal abnormalities
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Locating ingested foreign objects (rocks, clothing, tinsel, rubber duckies, starfish, and more)
- Monitoring the health and development of an expecting mother’s puppies or kittens
- Dental health assessment
What To Expect During Your Pet’s Radiology Appointment
Radiology appointments at Insight Veterinary Wellness Center are quick and painless.
Depending on your pet’s disposition and the radiographs that need to be taken, these appointments are sometimes performed while a pet is sedated.
Other times, no sedatives are necessary as long as our patient can remain still while the radiograph is taken.
When Might Your Pet Require Radiographs?
Radiographs aren’t necessary for every pet at every veterinary appointment.
Radiographs are often necessary during a sick pet’s appointment to help the veterinarian determine the underlying cause of our patient’s symptoms and recommend an effective treatment. Radiographs are also necessary following an injury.We might also recommend radiographs during a senior pet’s health screening, as they can help our veterinarians detect early signs of age-related diseases before these conditions progress far enough to cause symptoms.
Since they can reveal problems occurring inside teeth and below the gum line, dental radiographs are also usually taken during pet dental appointments to evaluate the health of a pet’s teeth and jaw. To learn more about radiology or your pet’s upcoming diagnostic appointment, we welcome you to contact our office today.