Radiography is a valuable diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine and we are pleased to offer radiology services as a means of providing excellent care to our patients. A radiograph (sometimes 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. Radiography is painless, safe, and completely non-invasive. It can be used to evaluate almost any organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs and bones as well as the size, shape, and position of these 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. The shape and position of organs can be altered or distorted by certain medical conditions, including intestinal blockage or cancer. Tumors, depending on their size and location, can also sometimes be detected using radiography. Radiography is used to diagnose bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant and very young pets can undergo radiography.