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Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging: X-ray and Ultrasound

Mini Yorkie after getting her x-rays taken

The veterinary team at Greece Animal Hospital is dedicated to identifying your pet’s illness or injury quickly and accurately. These rapid results allow us to provide immediate treatment, for prompt relief from pain and emotional stress. Our advanced diagnostic imaging technology includes ultrasound, digital X-rays, and dental X-rays.

Veterinary Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging employs high-frequency sound waves to create either a moving image or still shot via a computer monitor. A transponder is moved gently across the patient’s skin to generate a live view of the internal organs. The ultrasound exam typically requires no sedation, is painless, and is noninvasive.

Ultrasound technology is used to evaluate the chest and abdominal organs, heart function, and in diagnosing and monitoring pregnant animals. Since ultrasound produces no radiation, it is safe for delicate tissue and developing fetuses.

This imaging technique is beneficial when viewing lumps or masses, diagnosing possible organ damage, monitoring pregnancies, and examining the heart. It is also useful in guiding the surgeon during biopsies and other procedures.

Advantages:
Non-invasive, painless, provides moving images in real time, safe throughout pregnancy, no known risks

Disadvantages:
Poor penetration through dense tissue or bone, images cover a relatively small area

Veterinary X-rays

Radiography, or X-ray technology, creates images using electromagnetic radiation. These X-rays pass through the body and generate an image, either on film or digitally on a computer monitor.

Our veterinarians use X-rays to examine bones and internal organs. This imaging technique is especially helpful when we suspect traumatic injuries, to evaluate and monitor broken bones, identifying tumors or cancer within the body, or when looking for foreign objects.

Modern digital X-ray imaging offers exceptional detail, especially useful in veterinary dental exams.

Veterinary X-rays are quite safe when used properly. However, an agitated or suffering patient may require sedation to capture clear, precise images.

Advantages:
Rapid results, clear images of bones and organs, covers a wide viewing area, technology is commonly available to veterinary patients

Disadvantages:
Exposes patients to small doses of radiation, provides only still images

Contact Greece Animal Hospital for your pet’s diagnostic needs.

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