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Diagnostics For Your Philadelphia Pet

What Is An X-Ray?

An X-Ray is a process that allows veterinarians to look inside an animal’s body. It involves passing low levels of radiation through various parts of the animal’s body. Some tissues, such as soft tissue, cannot absorb the radiation, whereas denser tissue absorbs it to produce an image. If you live in Philadelphia or a surrounding area, contact our team at Companion Pet Hospital to schedule your pet’s next x-ray appointment.

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Types of Pet X-Rays

Veterinarians subject pets to mainly three x-ray examinations to acquire imaging results. These areas of the body include:

Abdominal

These x-rays show an animal’s stomach, possible bladder stones and other abdominal areas. A veterinarian can detect a condition or illness based on these images. Some of the conditions that are detected by abdominal x-rays include tumors, cancerous growths and pregnancies.

Dental

Intra-oral radiology is the placing of film or digital sensor, into the mouth of the dog or cat for radiography of a particular tooth or segment of a mandible or maxilla. It has the advantage of clarity and definition of the subject because of the absence of superimposition from the opposite arch which occurs with extra-oral radiography. Intra-oral radiography is an excellent technique for mandibular and maxillary diagnosis when teeth are involved.

Chest

They are often used to detect cancer. A chest x-ray is ideal for examining the heart and lungs to assess a trauma or fracture affecting your pet.

Orthopedic

This is a procedure that a veterinary expert uses to examine your pet’s bone configuration. It can display bone deformations, orthopedic disorders and fractures.

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How Does a Veterinarian Take an X-Ray?

For the x-ray to be effective, your pet needs to be still, in most cases no sedation is required; however, in other cases your pet may require sedation with a general anesthetic. While asleep, your pet is appropriately positioned for the equipment to target the appropriate area. Today’s digital x-ray systems can quickly process the image and allow us to zoom, rotate and correct it as needed. During the process, our veterinarians may find it necessary to take multiple images in various positions to get more accuracy in their diagnostics. The images that are taken will be stored in your pet’s records for future reference. Once the process is complete, your pet wakes up and is given time to recover.

Contact Us Today for Quality Diagnostic Pet X-Rays

If your pet is showing signs of a possible illness or injury, contact our team at Companion Pet Hospital today. The issue may not necessarily require an x-ray, but we can help with any pet illnesses and problems.

We provide top-notch veterinary services for Philadelphia in surrounding areas.

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