At Petlove Veterinary Hospital in Elk Grove, CA, we offer advanced radiographic (X-ray) services as a crucial diagnostic tool in veterinary care. Radiographs help us diagnose conditions in your pets that are not visible externally, providing clear images of the internal organs and skeletal structure.

What are Radiographs?

Radiographs, commonly known as X-rays, are a form of electromagnetic radiation used to create images of the internal structures of your pet’s body. These images help us assess bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, and other areas for injuries or diseases.

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Our Radiographic Services Include:

  • Digital Radiography: We use state-of-the-art digital X-ray technology which offers clearer images and faster results than traditional X-ray systems.
  • Dental Radiography: Essential for evaluating your pet’s oral and dental health, identifying problems beneath the gum line that aren’t visible during a normal examination.
  • Diagnostic Radiography: Helps in diagnosing fractures, joint abnormalities, and certain soft tissue conditions like heart enlargement or lung issues.

Benefits of Radiographic Examinations

  • Non-Invasive Diagnosis: Provides a non-invasive method to observe the internal condition of your pet.
  • Quick and Safe: Radiographic exams are fast and safe, with very low doses of radiation, making them safe even for young and pregnant animals.
  • Critical for Treatment Plans: Enables accurate diagnosis and informs the best approach for treatment or surgery if necessary.

Preparing Your Pet for Radiography

No special preparation is typically needed for routine radiographic exams. However, pets needing examination under sedation will require fasting. We will provide specific instructions based on your pet’s particular needs.

How Radiographs are Performed

Pets are positioned on a table specially designed for radiographic imaging. Depending on the type of exam, sedation may be necessary to keep a pet still to capture clear images. Most routine X-rays do not require sedation.

Schedule a Radiographic Exam

If your pet needs a diagnostic assessment, or if you have been referred for radiography by another veterinarian, please contact us at (916) 359-9996 to schedule an appointment. Our team is ready to provide professional and compassionate care with cutting-edge diagnostic tools.

Frequently Asked Questions about Radiographic Services

What is a radiograph?

A radiograph, commonly known as an X-ray, is a type of diagnostic image created using electromagnetic radiation. It allows veterinarians to view the internal structures of your pet, such as bones, lungs, heart, and other organs, to help diagnose a variety of conditions.

Is radiography safe for my pet?

Yes, radiography is a safe procedure with minimal risk. The level of radiation exposure in a typical X-ray is low and not harmful to most pets, including young and senior animals.

What can radiography detect?

Radiography can detect several conditions including bone fractures, joint abnormalities, certain cancers, heart enlargement, lung problems, and foreign objects in the digestive tract. It’s also used for dental radiographs to assess the health of teeth and the jaw.

Does my pet need to be sedated for a radiographic exam?

Sedation is not always necessary for radiographic exams; it depends on the area being examined and the temperament of the animal. If the pet cannot stay still enough to obtain a clear image, we may recommend sedation to ensure the safety of both the pet and our staff.

How should I prepare my pet for an X-ray?

Generally, no special preparation is needed. However, if sedation is likely, we might ask that you fast your pet for several hours before the appointment. We will provide specific instructions based on the type of radiography being performed.

How long does it take to get results from a radiographic exam?

Results from digital radiography are almost instantaneous, which allows for a quick diagnosis. In most cases, our veterinarians will discuss the findings with you shortly after the exam.

How often will my pet need X-rays?

The frequency of X-rays depends on your pet’s health condition. For pets with ongoing health issues, multiple X-rays may be required over time to monitor progress. For healthy pets, X-rays are typically performed as needed to diagnose any new conditions that arise.