X-Rays & Ultrasounds
When diagnosing a sick or injured pet, learning about the pet’s symptoms and a physical examination comprise only the first step in determining the underlying illness or the extent of an injury. Typically, diagnostic testing is also necessary for a veterinarian to reach an accurate diagnosis and to provide a safe, effective treatment. One of the most commonly used diagnostic tools is diagnostic imaging with both x-rays and ultrasounds.
Veterinary Radiology: What Are X-Rays and Ultrasounds?
X-rays and ultrasounds are two types of radiology that veterinarians use as diagnostic imaging tools.
X-rays use small doses of radiation to create images, like photographs, of a pet’s internal structures.
If x-rays are like photographs, then ultrasounds are like movies. An ultrasound (also called a sonogram) is a moving, real-time image of a pet’s internal structures produced with high-frequency sound waves.
When Do Veterinarians Use Diagnostic Imaging?
Many illnesses in cats and dogs express themselves with very similar symptoms, which can make it quite challenging to diagnose and treat a pet without further testing. A veterinarian might use x-rays or ultrasounds when a diagnosis can’t be reached based on a pet’s symptoms and physical examination alone. Diagnostic imaging allows veterinarians to look inside pets without the need for exploratory surgery.
These diagnostic tools are incredibly useful for diagnosing a wide variety of diseases and other medical conditions in addition to determining the extent of damage inside an injured cat or dog. We might use x-rays or ultrasound to help determine the underlying cause of any number of problems in pets such as joint pain, cardiovascular concerns, respiratory illnesses, and gastrointestinal problems. Ultrasound is also used to monitor the health and development with regard to expecting female dogs and cats.
What to Expect During a Pet's Radiology Appointment
Both x-rays and ultrasounds are safe and entirely painless diagnostic procedures that can usually be completed without sedation, as long as the patient can remain still during the exam.
Radiology and Additional Diagnostic Testing for Valencia Pets
At Valencia Veterinary Center, our veterinarians have the power of a full in-house diagnostic center at our disposal. In addition to x-ray and ultrasound, our veterinarians achieve swift, accurate diagnoses with an on-site laboratory and additional diagnostic testing equipment. To learn more about veterinary diagnostics or your pet’s upcoming radiology appointment, we welcome you to contact us at any time.