Digital X-Rays

At TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic, we strive to provide the best veterinary services available. We proudly offer state-of-the-art digital x-ray technology as an essential component of our in-house diagnostic services. Many different medical conditions cause similar symptoms in pets, and digital x-rays (digital radiographs) help our veterinarians determine the exact cause of a patient’s illness without the need for invasive exploratory surgery.

What Is a Radiograph?

A radiograph is the image produced of a pet’s internal structures (bones, organs, and other soft tissues) using high energy x-rays. Veterinarians use radiographs to aid in the diagnosis of diseases and other medical conditions, such as:
  • Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Cancer, growths, and tumors
  • Heart disease
  • Injuries
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Ingested objects
  • Dental disease

How Are Digital X-Rays Better Than Traditional X-Rays?

1. Faster

The primary difference between digital x-rays and traditional, film x-rays is speed. Traditional x-rays require longer exposure times due to the nature of capturing an x-ray image on film. It’s difficult to keep pets still long enough to capture a film x-ray, which either means pets need to be sedated or multiple exposures are necessary. Film also requires development, which can be a lengthy process. When traditional x-rays do not turn out properly, pets need to come in to have additional x-rays taken.
Digital x-rays use special digital sensor plates, which capture images in a fraction of the time. So, it’s easier to keep pets still long enough to achieve quality images. The radiographs are also almost immediately visible on a computer, which means there’s no need to wait for development. Plus, if necessary, new images can be captured right away.

2. Safer

Shorter exposure times mean your pet is ultimately exposed to less radiation.

3. Increased Accuracy with Enhancing Capabilities

Digital x-ray sensor plates produce way more detailed images than x-ray film. Digital radiographs can be manipulated, using software to enhance, lighten, darken, or zoom in on images.

4. Easily Stored and Shared

Digital storage means clients can take copies of x-rays home on a disc or thumb drive. Images can also be easily and quickly shared with veterinary specialists when a second opinion is required for a diagnosis.

Digital X-Rays and Additional Diagnostic Services

X-rays make it possible to diagnose and monitor pet health without the need for invasive exploratory surgery. For more information about TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic’s digital x-rays and other diagnostic services, contact our office today.