X-ray technology has been around for many years in the human medicine world and has made a very successful crossover to the veterinary medicine field. Shallowford Animal Hospital uses a more advanced system of x-ray technology known as digital radiography. X-ray technology uses radioactive waves to form images of the internal make-up of a subject. Since animals are not very good at communicating what hurts them, x-ray is able to pinpoint the issue for our doctors. X-rays have been used to diagnose fractures and strains on the skeletal system, organ size and growth, heart size and even internal bleeding.
The doctors at Shallowford have recently purchased many new innovations and technology for the benefit of your pet. Digital radiographs are one of the more important changes, and Shallowford Animal Hospital is excited to offer this advanced form of x-ray system for your dog or cat. Our new system eliminates film-developing time, meaning one of our caring doctors can examine an x-ray image of your pet in a matter of seconds. A key advantage to digital radiography is that images can be emailed to board-certified radiologists if needed. This means if your pet has a serious injury or a complicated issue requiring additional consultation, our doctors can review the images within minutes with other doctors, so treatment can begin for your pet immediately.
Digital x-ray technology also eliminates most retakes, usually needed when a pet moves on the table. Shallowford Animal Hospital’s x-ray imaging is so incredibly clear that retakes are not often needed, even if your pet moves during the procedure. Less exposure to x-ray technology also means your pet is minimally exposed to any radiation. Finally, our digital x-ray system keeps our clinic “green” as there are no chemicals associated with the radiology system at Shallowford Animal Hospital.