It is not only humans that are seeing the benefit of technological advances in the field of medicine. The development of digital radiology and its use in veterinary care offers a large number of advantages and possibilities previously unseen in the field. This is because digital radiography uses a fixed sensor that contains millions of teeny tiny sensors to capture every single part of the area being imaged.
Some of the advantages of digital radiology for you and your pet include:
Quality of image: Digital imaging is state of the art technology and the images produced are of an exceptionally high quality in comparison to the computerized radiology that preceded it.
Lower dose of radiation: While digital radiology does still necessitate some small exposure to radiation, the levels are decreased.
Quicker and more efficient: Digital radiology has significantly streamlined the imaging process. While old-fashioned wet film processors required 15 to 20 minutes for the fluids to warm up enough to be able to start imaging, in digital radiology it is possible to start the process the moment the machine is switched on.
Better contrast within images: Thanks to the comprehensive contrast controls within digital radiology equipment, it is possible to see varying shades of color.
This reduces the need for additional exposures as your veterinarian will be able to adjust the contrast to effectively focus on the areas of concern.
Environmentally conscious: We are all concerned with preserving our world for the future and making environmentally conscious decisions are critical for this to happen. Thankfully digital radiography has the benefit of being a more environmentally friendly method of imaging as it removes the need for hazardous chemicals, rolls of film and even reduces the need for transportation of images. All of these work to reduce the carbon footprint of your veterinary surgery and help to keep our world safe.
Copying- email capabilities: A huge benefit of digital radiology is the ability to be able to either copy your images to disc or email them directly anywhere in the world. This is especially important if your veterinarian believes that a secondary opinion of your pet’s images may be required as it means they can be with another expert within minutes. This drastically reduces the time between testing and treatment, which is vital for some conditions.
What sort of conditions or illnesses can digital radiology help my pet with?
Imaging can be a vital part of diagnosing an illness, injury or chronic condition in your pet, which will then help your veterinarian to provide effective treatment.
Digital radiography may help with:
- Identifying bone issues including deterioration and fractures
- Assessing joint structure, particularly in the case of suspected arthritis
- Screening for possible cysts, tumors or foreign bodies
- Examination of the major organs
- Identifying tracheal, oesophageal or heart disorders
Digital radiography may also be used for dental examinations and could help reveal issues such as retained teeth or periodontal disease. Contact us at Family Pet Hospital in Oklahoma City today with any questions.