Everyone has probably seen an X-ray film showing a patient’s bone structure. But did you know that X-rays can be used to diagnose much more than skeletal issues? Or that film is no longer required? At Vet Specialties, our veterinarians use the latest in veterinary radiology technology to ensure the best of care for our pet patients.

Digital X-rays are helpful in identifying a variety of pet health conditions. Our veterinarians use them to evaluate muscular and skeletal issues, such as bone fractures, hip dysplasia, and cat or dog arthritis. Radiology is also used to examine various organs—including the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and small intestine—for irregularities. These could range from a foreign body lodged in the stomach or intestine, to the presence of fluid, a tumor, or disease.

X-rays have been a dependable veterinary diagnostic tool for a very long time. However, thanks to advances in technology, we are now able to use digital X-rays as opposed to film. The resulting images are produced at a much higher resolution. In addition, specific areas of the image can be enlarged, offering enhanced clarity.

Because the results are available almost instantaneously, our veterinarians can diagnose pet health conditions much more rapidly.