Ultrasounds and X-rays aren't only helpful for detecting pregnancy and broken bones. Both diagnostic imaging tools can provide us with important insights into the inner workings of your pet's body. Whether we're confirming a suspected illness or performing preventative screenings for health concerns, these tools provide us with a wealth of information about your pet's health.
Why are ultrasounds and X-rays used?
X-ray machines are often used to give our veterinarians a better idea of what's ailing your pet, but they don't always offer a complete picture. By using the ultrasound along with the X-ray machine, we can get a clearer idea of what's going on inside your pet's body. They can differentiate fluids from foreign bodies and also see any issues with soft tissue. When our team recommends that your pet have an X-ray or ultrasound, this isn't cause for alarm. It is simply a way for us to gain a better understanding of how we can make sure your pet stays happy and healthy.
What's the difference between digital and physical X-rays?
We made the choice to go digital with our X-rays to better serve our pet patients. Digital X-rays use far less radiation than traditional methods. While traditional x-rays are safe and do not pose a serious threat in terms of radiation exposure, modern digital x-ray technology is even safer. They also give us answers faster because they're available almost immediately after being taken. Having a digital copy of your pet's X-rays also means it is easier to keep track of their medical records. If you have questions about our digital X-rays, please contact us at 416-245-8805.
Are X-rays and ultrasounds non-invasive?
Both X-rays and ultrasounds are painless and non-invasive, meaning your pet will not have to experience any kind of discomfort. In some cases, pets may need to be sedated for the procedures, though this medication is a low dosage and wears off shortly after your pet's internal images have been taken.