Digital radiography is a newer form of x-ray imaging that uses digital sensors rather than traditional film. One of the many benefits of digital radiography is the instantaneous results. No extra time is needed for development; the resulting image is ready to be examined by your veterinarian seconds after taking the radiograph. This allows our staff to have answers for you and your pet as quickly as possible. Another benefit of being digital is we are able to electronically send digital x-rays out to specialists, other veterinarians, laboratories, or other offices with the click of a button. This allows the utmost convenience for you as the owner and your pet.
Digital radiography also allows for tools that are not available with conventional radiography, such as zooming in on any problem areas, cropping, and improving the quality of the x-ray; additionally, a digital image is clearer and more detailed which in turn provides a more accurate diagnosis and prognosis.
Radiography is a valuable tool when it comes to diagnostics. It allows us the chance to find problems or conditions that may not be present during a routine physical examination. It can also help the veterinarian confirm a suspected diagnosis. With radiography, we can see exactly what's going on within your pet's body.
Ultrasonography is a diagnostic imaging technique that sends pulses of sound waves into a patient's tissue material through a probe. These sound waves echo off of the tissue, and in turn are recorded and displayed as an image to the veterinarian. This method of imaging allows us to see, and even listen to, internal body structures. Ultrasonography provides the veterinarian with the ability to further examine vital organs as well as other anatomies such as tendons, bones, muscles, vessels (blood flow), joints, etc.
There are many benefits to ultrasonography versus other imaging techniques. For instance, there is no radiation involved (compared to radiology), and it is usually easier on the patient to sit through an ultrasound procedure rather than other imaging procedures. The unit is also portable and can be moved to accommodate patients in the hospital. It also provides images and sound to the veterinarian in real-time, and images are typically higher in resolution with the ability to easily focus and zoom in on specific areas.