Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital Offers Radiology Services for Pet Health
Radiolology, or x-ray imaging, allows veterinarians a look inside an animal's body without having to do invasive, exploratory surgery. In veterinary medicine, x-rays are an important diagnostic tool to find a number of common health issues. At Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA, we provide radiology services to help us serve our patients effectively.
Understanding Radiology for Pet Veterinary Care
The same type of x-rays people receive to diagnose their illnesses can be used by veterinarians to diagnose problems in pets. An x-ray, or “radiogram,” is an image created by shooting an x-rays at a part of the body. The hard structures inside the body, such as bones, block the rays, providing contrast with the soft tissues of a body for the final image. Sometimes, getting a good image of internal organs requires the use of dyes to provide additional contrast in the images. This helps veterinarians find abnormalities that may be causing an animal's symptoms. Today’s technology uses digital x-ray images, which can be easily stored or sent to veterinary specialists.
Problems Radiograms Can Detect
X-rays may be taken when an animal hit by a car or injured by a fight with another animal. These images can show bone fractures or spinal problems that affect the animal’s ability to move normally. X-rays can also detect foreign bodies in the gastrointestinal tract that the animal may have ingested. Sometimes, veterinarians use x-rays to detect changes in the bones caused by cancer or other illnesses.
What Happens When Your Pet Is X-Rayed?
When you bring your pet with a suspected injury or illness to our animal hospital, our vet will do a preliminary exam to get information on the animal’s condition. If a bone fracture, joint problem, or spinal problem is suspected, x-rays will be done to assess the issue. In some cases, the animal will be lightly sedated to prevent movement while the x-rays are performed, so that a clear picture of the internal structures can be taken. However, sedation may not always be necessary. After the x-rays are taken, the vet will carefully evaluate the images in order to make a diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment.
Make Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Fredericksburg
Dr. Witter, Dr. Newman, and Dr. Collins use their extensive training and years of experience to ensure good health for our patients in Fredericksburg, VA, and the surrounding communities. We provide many pet services, including wellness exams, vaccinations, diagnostics, surgery, pharmacy services, laser therapy, dental care, and boarding. Call Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital today at 540-373-6100 for an appointment to have your pet examined and to learn how radiology can help keep your pet healthy and active.