Veterinary Radiology in Edmond, OK
Pictures Are Worth a Thousand Treats
Pets can’t tell us when something is wrong. We have to rely on a variety of diagnostic tools to be able to figure out what ails them. At Family Pet Hospital, we use radiological tools like x-rays and ultrasounds to help us diagnose what’s ailing your pet. These tools help us see past the fur to what’s going on inside of your pet to better assess a treatment plan.
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What’s the Difference between X-Rays & Ultrasounds?
X-rays and ultrasounds are two different kinds of radiological imaging. Both forms help us see what’s going on inside of your pet – things our Edmond veterinarians can’t see or feel with the naked eye. X-rays produce still images of the solid parts of your pet’s body, like bones and muscles. Ultrasounds, on the other hand, produce real-time images of the soft tissues inside your pet’s body, like organs and blood vessels. Neither of these methods are invasive, and both are totally pain-free.
When your pet needs radiological imaging in Edmond, our team is ready to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible.
X-rays produce still images of the solid parts of your pet’s body via electromagnetic radiation. These images can either be produced on film or on a computer monitor. These days, x-ray technology is very sophisticated and gives highly detailed images of your pet’s bones and muscles. Because these are still images, your pet may need to be sedated in order to hold completely still to capture a clear image.
X-ray are used for:
- Identifying and monitoring fractures
- Finding foreign objects your pet may have ingested
- Locating and monitoring tumors
Dense or solid parts of your pet’s body are the best candidates for x-ray imaging. It’s important to know that x-rays also expose your pet to a small dose of radiation. When properly operated, modern x-ray machines are very safe.
Ultrasounds produce real-time, moving or still images of the soft tissues of your pet’s body using high frequency sound waves. These images are typically seen on a computer monitor, but we can also print still images. One advantage of ultrasounds over x-rays is that because ultrasounds do not use radiation to create an image, they are safe for developing fetuses and other fragile tissue.
Ultrasounds can be used to:
- Examine lumps or masses of soft tissue
- Monitor pregnancy
- Examine the heart and other organs
Soft tissues like organs or blood vessels are the best candidates for ultrasound imaging. We’ll order an x-ray if we need images of your pet’s bones or muscle.
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