Digital Radiography: The New X-Ray

Digital radiography is becoming more mainstream in veterinary medicine. Like just about everything else in modern culture, veterinary medicine is going digital. Digital X-rays are fast, efficient and highly accurate. In just seconds, vets can have a real-time internal image, instead of waiting for the film to be processed in a traditional X-ray. Due to the speed, minor adjustments to pets can be done in order to avoid suboptimal positioning and also to exposure settings. Digital X-rays produce much more detailed images and give vets much more information for an accurate diagnosis. Digitized images can be enhanced with zoom in, contrasts and take measurements. Plus, pet owners can view digital radiographs right on the computer screen. If needed, digital X-rays can be sent remotely to a specialist. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, the use of digital radiography significantly reduces pet exposure to increased levels of radiation when compared to conventional X-ray.

Many veterinarians use digital radiography to evaluate pet oral health. Digital dental radiography is an important tool in assessing the health of your pet’s mouth. Digital dental X-rays can expose painful lesions, tooth fractures, bone tumors, nasal cavity disease, periodontal disease and much more. Early detection is the key to maintaining the overall health and well-being of your loyal companion, and digital radiography takes veterinary care to a whole new level.

Digital radiography offers two system technologies: flat panel detector systems (DR) and image plate readers (CR). Veterinarians make their individual choice based on what they want to achieve with the system and how they want to use it, such as portable or stationary.

Garry Veterinary Hospital: Your Choice Veterinarian in Winnipeg

Garry Veterinary Hospital is your choice veterinarian in Winnipeg and uses state-of-the-art technology in veterinarian medicine, including digital radiography. We take digitized images of your pet for soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery and emergency surgery. All of our diagnostic exams include the use of digital radiography. It helps our vets accurately diagnose soft tissue injuries, hip dysplasia, torn anterior cruciate and much, much more. We also use digitized images to collaborate with pet owners. Side by side, our vets and pet owners can discuss treatment options while viewing digitized images together. Digitized images not only allow for the right diagnosis, they are effective tools for pet owner engagement and participation in their pet’s health and care.

Has your pet incurred an injury? Are they limping or preferring one leg over the other? Has there been a change in your pet’s behavior, such as interaction, eating habits or litter box habits? If so, give us a call at Garry Veterinary Hospital to schedule an appointment. We’ll do a one-on-one consultation with you and your pet. If needed, we’ll go ahead and take some digital X-rays and discuss the findings with you. Great pet care begins at Garry Veterinary Hospital. Give us a call today at 204-452-9010.