Digital Radiography

services10.jpgDigital radiography is the standard of care in human medicine & has recently become available in veterinary medicine. Digital x-ray systems utilize computer based imaging instead of a film based system. Traditional x-rays systems used a metallic film that captured an image. The film was developed using water based chemicals to freeze the image onto the film. This processing took time and the image could not be visualized until the developing was complete. If the x-rays were not ideal, the x-rays had to be taken again. Digital x-rays allow faster & more efficient processing of higher quality images.

1. Improved Image Quality

With standard x-ray technology, basically what you see is what you get. The most immediate benefit realized with a digital radiograph is the improvement in image quality. Improved image quality makes us makes it easier to interpret x-rays with subtle changes. X-rays can be lightened, darkened, viewed in different contrast, magnified, and measured to give the most information possible.

2. Speed & Efficiency X-ray Viewer

Overall speed of digital radiography is much faster than traditional radiography. Speed and efficiency make it easier to include radiographs as part of your pet's outpatient visit in most cases. Because of increased efficiency, this can decrease the need for sedation in some cases and make it possible to takes x-rays even in critically ill pets.

3. Information Storing & Sharing

Another feature that allows for efficiency is the ability to archive & retrieve x-rays. A digital computer system maintains your pet's x-rays in electronic files that are duplicated in case of hardware failure, and can be easily stored and accessed. Because the x-rays are in electronic format instead of on film, we have the ability to quickly and easily send the images to consultants or specialists when expert opinions are needed. Now these opinions can be obtained in a matter of hours instead of days.

Radiographs are often a vital tool in diagnosing disease with your pet. The flexibility and capability of digital radiography make the task of taking x-rays of your pets easier than ever before.

We now offer OFA Radiographs for knees, hips, and elbows.  

Radiographs submitted to the OFA should follow the American Veterinary Medical Association recommendations for positioning. This view is accepted world wide for detection and assessment of hip joint irregularities and secondary arthritic hip joint changes. To obtain this view, the animal must be placed on its back in dorsal recumbency with the rear limbs extended and parallel to each other. The knees (stifles) are rotated internally and the pelvis is symmetric. Chemical restraint (anesthesia) to the point of relaxation is recommended. For elbows, the animal is placed on its side and the respective elbow is placed in an extreme flexed position.

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