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Traditionally “X-rays” have been thought of as a tool to look at bones. Whilst this is indeed true, we also use this technique to assess the size of organs within the body.
Patients are either anaesthetised or sedated and placed in the appropriate position on the x-ray table. The films are developed immediately and the images assessed by an experienced Veterinary surgeon. These results are then discussed with the client when they collect their pet .
Where we can assess the size of the liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder. Prostate as well as their position. Likewise the position of the stomach, intestines and bowel as well as their contents (as in the case of foreign bodies).
In addition, specific techniques can be used to view the kidneys (Pyelography) whereby a harmless chemical (similar to barium) is injected into a vein and as it is excreted via the kidneys. Because it can be visualized on X-ray film its passage can be followed through the blood vessels within the kidney right through to the bladder.
In this technique a combination of air and the radio-opaque dye are injected via the urethra into the bladder and the bladder wall can be studied. Likewise it also aids in the detection of stone, polyps and neoplasia(cancer).
This procedure is performed to assess the health of the lungs and size and shape of the heart. It also give us valuable information on the oesophagus and trachea as well as the lymph nodes within the chest.
In this technique radio-opaque dye (contrast media) is injected between two vertebrae in the neck into the canal which the spinal cord runs in. We then tilt the patient and the flow of the contrast media is assessed as it passes down the spinal canal. Any obstruction to the flow can be assessed. It is most commonly used in patients with incoordination or severe back pain when looking for prolapsed discs.
Many problems associated with teeth are occurring below the gum and are not visible during an oral examination . We encourage survey radiographs of the mouth whilst performing dentistry to minimize the chances of certain problems being missed.
Owing to the generosity of Dr Steve Davis of the Minster Dental Practice we are one of the few Veterinary Practices with a dedicated dental X-ray machine.