An X-Ray is a process that allows veterinarians to look inside an animal’s body. It involves passing low levels of radiation through various parts of the animal’s body. Some tissues, such as soft tissue, cannot absorb the radiation, whereas denser tissue absorbs it to produce an image. If you live in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, or the surrounding areas, contact our team at Costa Mesa Animal Hospital to schedule your pet’s next x-ray appointment.
Types of Pet X-Rays
Veterinarians subject pets to mainly three x-ray examinations to acquire imaging results. These areas of the body include:
These x-rays show an animal’s stomach, possible bladder stones, and other abdominal areas. A veterinarian can detect a condition or illness based on these images. Some of the conditions that are detected by abdominal x-rays include tumors, cancerous growths, and pregnancies.
They are often used to detect cancer. A chest x-ray is ideal for examining the heart and lungs to assess a trauma or fracture affecting your pet.
This is a procedure that a veterinary expert uses to examine your pet’s bone configuration. It can display bone deformations, orthopedic disorders, and fractures.
How Does a Veterinarian Take an X-Ray?
For the x-ray to be effective, your pet needs to be still, in most cases no sedation is required. However in other cases your pet may require sedation with a general anesthetic. While asleep, your pet is appropriately positioned for the equipment to target the appropriate area. Today’s digital x-ray systems can quickly process the image and allow us to zoom, rotate, and correct it as needed. During the process, our veterinarians may find it necessary to take multiple images in various positions to get more accuracy in their diagnostics. The images that are taken will be stored in your pet’s records for future reference. Once the process is complete, your pet wakes up and is given time to recover.
Contact Us Today for Quality Diagnostic Pet X-Rays
If your pet is showing signs of a possible illness or injury, contact our team at Costa Mesa Animal Hospital today. The issue may not necessarily require an x-ray, but we can help with any pet illnesses and problems. We provide top-notch veterinary services for Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, and the surrounding areas. Please Call us today at 949-548-3794 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. You can also reach us through our website by using our online contact form.