Our diagnostic x-ray system allows a more detailed analysis of radiographs. 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. Because we use digital x-ray the images are developed quickly, making them instantly available for the Vet to interpret. These results are then discussed with you either by telephone or at the time of collecting your pet.
This helps us to 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).
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 radio-opaque dye are injected via the urethra into the bladder allowing the bladder wall to be studied. It also aids in the detection of stones, 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 about the oesophagus and trachea as well as the lymph nodes within the chest.
For 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 poor co-ordination or severe back pain when looking for prolapsed discs.
Many problems associated with teeth occur below the gum and are not visible during an oral examination . Because our digital dental radiography suite is used prior to every dental we perform it has helped us to identify such problems meaning that we can perform dental surgery more efficiently, and in most cases by reducing the time pets spend under general anaesthetic.