Radiographs are an important tool that can help us make a correct diagnosis for your pet. A radiograph (also called an x-ray) is a type of photograph that can look inside the body and reveal information that may not be discernible from the outside. Radiographs are likely to be recommended if your pet is having any breathing abnormalities, has an abnormal heart rate or rhythm, has been vomiting or having diarrhea, is experiencing difficulty urinating or defecating, determining number of fetuses in pregnant females, lameness/limping, and in trauma cases.
Radiography is painless, safe, and completely non-invasive, and it uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo radiography.
Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of the body’s organs. The size of organs is important because some medical conditions—such as kidney, heart, or liver disease—can alter the size of these organs.
Additionally, your pet’s radiographs can be sent electronically to a board certified radiologist for an official diagnostic report for an additional cost.