Ultrasound and X-ray
Our veterinary team can take digital radiographs of your pet when needed. The benefit of digital radiograph technology is not only the ease and speed of use but also the reduced amount of radiation exposure for your pet. From fractured limbs to abdominal radiographs to look for that missing ring/ball/sock, we have the ability to take radiographs almost instantly. If needed, these radiographs can also be referred to a radiologist to assist in interpretation. Call us at 403.452.2060
to learn more.
What is the difference between an ultrasound and an X-ray?
The two technologies give us non-invasive ways to look inside your pet’s body. X-rays examine hard-structured areas like bones and ligaments and can provide a 2D image of your pet’s internal organ structure. On the other hand, ultrasounds can sometimes allow for a more detailed picture of the organs. Both X-rays and ultrasound are important diagnostic tools, often used together to help with diagnosing.
What can ultrasound and X-rays detect in pets?
An ultrasound may be requested by the veterinarian if your pet is pregnant, has a suspicious tumour or cyst, or to check for kidney stones. It is used to track progression of disease. X-rays are used usually for instances like if your pet has accidentally swallowed an item or to detect any broken or fractured bones.
Do pets have to be shaved before an ultrasound?
Not always, but it is ideal that the hair or fur directly covering the area of examination is shaved. The ultrasound device must make contact with your pet’s skin for the most accurate scans. There are instances, however, where applying an ultrasound gel on the area is sufficient (e.g. pregnancy scans).