Our on-site digital X-ray suite aids us in the quick diagnosis of many disorders. X-rays and ultrasounds allow us a clear window into the health of your pet’s internal organs, bones and joints. This is important, as the best way to treat an illness is to have a very accurate understanding of the particulars of the affliction and to treat it as early in the process as possible.
How do X-rays work?
During X-rays, a small amount of electromagnetic radiation is used to create images of the internal structures of the body. These images are then shown on a computer. The radiation penetrates certain areas of the body. The scans are usually quick and our experts interpret them right away so your cat or dog gets diagnosed much faster.
What are ultrasounds?
Ultrasounds use sound waves to look at the patient’s internal organs. The area may be shaved by a registered veterinary technician before we begin. A gel is applied to help the transducer glide over the area. The transducer is a handheld wand that emits sound waves and is connected to a computer. The sound waves echo and provide real-time images on the screen.
We use this tool to detect pregnancy or monitor fetal development, and identify tumours, cysts and foreign objects. The veterinarian may suggest an ultrasound if the patient is experiencing symptoms such as vomiting, blood in the urine, diarrhea, or breathing difficulties.
When are X-rays necessary?
We use X-rays to obtain information about the following organs: stomach, intestine, lungs, bladder, and prostate.
It can also detect arthritis, swallowed items, broken bones, fractures and gallstones. If your loyal companion has pneumonia, cancer or heart failure we may also use this tool to monitor their condition. To learn more about digital X-rays, please call us at 613-732-3641.
Are X-rays safe?
Yes. At our hospital we use digital X-rays which use 70% less radiation. Your loyal companion will be completely safe. Even after repeated use, it is very unlikely that your feline or canine companion will develop any health problems.