Digital Radiography (X‐rays)
X-ray Diagnostics for Pets in Mississauga
Radiology, or x‐ray, is a commonly used and highly important diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine.
When a pet is being radiographed, an x‐ray beam passes through the body to a radiographic film. Much like a camera, this creates a black and white digital image of the internal organs and bones. Bones, which absorb more x‐rays, appear as light gray or white structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer x‐rays and appear as dark gray structures.
X‐rays allow us to see bones, joints, internal organ size and position, fluid accumulations, gas pockets, anatomy abnormalities, or any densities within the body.
Digital radiology is performed in our x‐ray department, here at our hospital.
Used alone or in combination with other imaging techniques, radiology allows for evaluation and collection of vital information to assist in medical diagnosis.
X‐rays are developed digitally immediately after they are taken, and are available for interpretation within a couple of minutes. An appointment will be arranged to review the images and information with you following the procedure.
If required, the referral services of a board certified radiologist, orthopedic surgeon, or an internal medicine specialist are available for advanced interpretation. We want to be able to provide you with the best in health care and service for your pets.
How Do You Take an X‐ray?
The process of taking x‐rays is not a simple matter. In human medicine, the patient is positioned and x‐rayed, while the technician retreats to a lead‐lined room.
Usually it is not possible for our personnel to leave the room, as a veterinary patient who is awake cannot stay motionless for an x‐ray exposure. For these times, we must wear heavy leadlined gowns, gloves, and thyroid protectors, in an attempt to try to limit our personal exposure to radiation. We also wear clip‐on badges called ‘docimeters’ to measure the life‐long radiation exposure for each staff member. This is regulated and monitored by the federal government, and is meant to alert us in case someone has exceeded the acceptable limit of radiation.
Working in a veterinary hospital, we are exposed to x‐ray radiation for decades of our life. This is a cancer risk, so minimizing this risk is extremely important.
Why Might My Pet Need to be Sedated?
It is obviously ideal to have our patients relaxed and co‐operative. With sedation, we can gently position the patient to view the desired area – reducing stress to the patient and safely producing quality radiographs for productive diagnostic information for the benefit of your pet.
If you think something may be wrong with your pet, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us.