Benefits of Pet Radiology (X-Rays)

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During play, pets can develop injuries, either on the surface or internally. Veterinarians have an easy time observing injuries on the surface, but not under the skin. Veterinarians use body imaging procedures where external examination procedures will not suffice.

Simply put, pet radiology is exposing a pet to electromagnetic radiation for medical treatment. The X-rays pass through the section of the body and the veterinarian acquires the images of the distribution of the beams on film or a screen.

X-ray Safety Concerns

The radiologist will always wear protective gear when performing an X-ray, but this is only a precautionary measure for him or her. The protective gear is a shield against any accidental and regular exposure. This is because the radiologist performs the procedure many times on different patients.

Toward the pet, the procedure is painless and the amount of radiation he or she will be exposed to will be harmless and minimal. The procedure will usually be fast in a cooperative and calm pet. Otherwise, the radiologist may prescribe sedation if the pet is in pain or in a state of agitation.

Reasons to Perform Pet Radiology

A veterinarian may recommend an X-ray for several reasons. The leading ones may include suspected trauma, broken bone evaluations, and cancer. They may also be searching for abdominal obstructions or foreign objects inside a pet. The veterinarian may want to check for pneumonia, arthritis, lung disease, and muscle problems. He or she can also check for skeletal issues or even tumors.

Benefits of Using X-rays

Provision of accurate imaging for treatment – For the correct diagnosis of an injury, X-rays will speed up the process. X-rays will also provide a high level of accuracy. Furthermore, it is safe and noninvasive.

Contributions to surgical procedures – All medical professionals approach surgery with caution. Surgery is a very sensitive course of treatment and it requires utmost care. X-rays help surgeons to know the exact problem in advance, so they can prepare adequately. X-rays, thus, contribute greatly to less surgery time and fast recovery.

Ruling out medical issues – Where observation is not applicable, veterinarians will test your pet’s urine and blood. Yet, when these are also not applicable, X-rays will prove to be the ideal diagnostic tool the veterinarian will have access to.

A fast and easy method of examination – Many other methods of examining a patient take much time and may cause a lot of discomfort to a patient. With X-rays, the vet will need only a few seconds to capture an image that will inform the next course of treatment.

They offer a wide area of view – An X-ray of any part of the body and its surroundings will provide a clear view of whatever is happening inside the patient.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-ray technology is a big improvement over the traditional X-ray method. It is faster, more efficient, and provides clearer images with greater details.


If you want your pet to receive the best level of care and treatment, welcome to Richfield Animal Medical Center. Find us in Richfield, Ohio. You can also get in touch with us by calling us on 330-659-6606. We will answer any question you may have on pet conditions, treatments, and wellness.