Using digital radiography, we are able to obtain clear and detailed internal images of our patients. Large television screens on which x-rays can be viewed and evaluated are located throughout the clinic, including in our imaging room, our surgical suite, and in many of our examination rooms. This non-invasive and painless procedure is useful in helping to diagnose many problems, and is sometimes the first step after a physical examination to determine whether further, more invasive testing is warranted.
Contrast studies using special dyes are performed at our practice as well. The entire gastrointestinal tract can be evaluated during a barium series, which helps us to diagnose GI conditions such as megaesophagus or a foreign body lodged in the stomach or intestinal tract. Dyes given intravenously give us a better picture of the entire urinary system, including the kidneys, kidney ureters, bladder, and urethra. Lastly, myelograms are performed at our clinic to evaluate the spinal column in cases of extreme recurrent neck and back pain, decreased mobility, and paralysis.
Some situations require animals to be sedated for x-rays, including when films are taken to be evaluated by the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) for hip dysplasia and other congenital orthopedic conditions. Overly stressed and/or painful animals, along with patients undergoing certain contrast studies, are sedated as well.