Radiography

Radiography is a method of taking pictures using x-rays that allow us to see inside the body to look at the bones and organs.

X-rays are absorbed differently by different types of tissues, and the results of this are the black and white images you may be familiar with. These images can help to identify a wide range of medical conditions such as:

  • Bone changes e.g. arthritis, growth deformities
  • Bone injuries e.g. breaks and fractures
  • Organ abnormalities e.g. enlarged heart, collapsing trachea
  • Bone tumours
  • Soft tissue tumours
  • Foreign bodies e.g. air gun pellets, ingested bones
  • Preventative screening for hereditary condition e.g. hip dysplasia

At Elands, we use a digital radiography system. This means that instead of the final images being on a static film, they exist as digital images on a computer. Digital imaging is a lot faster than traditional film imaging, and is more detailed therefore facilitating diagnosis.

The images that we obtain can also be attached directly to your pet’s clinical records so, if required, digital images can be shared between practices. This is very convenient when patients are being referred for specialist treatment.

Patients have to be positioned appropriately and remain still when an x-ray is taken in order to obtain the required image. As staff are not permitted near the beam they cannot hold patients during this procedure. Therefore patients are either sedated or anaesthetised when x-rays are taken.