WA Veterinary Emergency & Specialty (WAVES)

Digital Radiography

Radiography uses short bursts of x-rays to create a two dimensional image of the body. Digital radiography captures the radiograph, or x-ray as it is commonly known, on a special plate without the conventional use of film. Images are then able to be viewed on high resolutioncomputer monitors and can be manipulated, cropped and measured. These digital images can also be emailed to your referring Veterinarian for your records. Radiographyis the simplest, oldest and most frequently used of the imaging modalities.

Radiographs are commonly used to diagnose diseases of the chest, abdomen and musculoskeletal system. We can also perform contrast studies of the gastrointestinal and urinary tract, where a “dye” is given to highlight these structures. We provide imaging support for the surgery department when they perform a myelogram to assess spinal pathology.

X-rays are typically the first imaging test to investigate problems such as:

  • Lameness
  • Coughing
  • Trauma
  • Fever
  • Gastric dilatation / volvulus
  • Spinal pain

X-rays are also used to evaluate:

  • Cancer
  • Pulmonary metastasis
  • Patients in cardiac failure
  • Foreign bodies
  • Pneumonia

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