Radiography is an important part of diagnostic imaging in veterinary medicine. The radiology service in the small animal hospital performs thousands of studies every year on dogs and cats. X-ray images (radiographs) allow radiologists and other specialists to examine the body for injury or disease. Not only used for bones, radiographs provide examination of the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs. Radiography is often the first line of diagnostic imaging with which a radiologist can either make a diagnosis, or direct the need for further imaging. It is quick, painless, and economical. In some cases, follow-up examinations are used to monitor a patient’s progress throughout the hospital stay.
What happens when your pet is sick or injured and your veterinarian needs to have a “closer look?” Sometimes, veterinarians need to use medical imaging to find out what’s wrong with your furry friend or give him or her the best care possible.
That’s normal enough, but do you know what medical imaging is, what options exist in veterinary care, or how medical imaging affects your dog or cat? Call us at (604) 487-2300 today.