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Ultrasound and X-rays

Medical imaging allows our veterinary team to quickly and accurately diagnose problems. Veterinarians will sometimes use both ultrasound and radiography (X-rays), as they are complementary, to get a better picture of the situation. For more complicated cases, we consult with an external radiologist for their opinion.

What is the difference between an X-ray and an
ultrasound?

X-rays provide a clear, instant digital image of the bones and organs. We can then diagnose any anomalies related to the thorax, abdomen or musculoskeletal system.
Ultrasound works with machine emitting high frequency sound waves produces a real-time moving image. This allows us to see how certain internal structures are working (liver, kidneys, spleen, intestines, bladder, reproductive organs) and view blood flow in the veins and arteries.

Does my pet need to be sedated for an X-ray or ultrasound?

It depends. Imaging is generally fast, but if your pet is unwell, nervous or unable to sit still for the test, we may administer a pain reliever or sedative.

Do you also take dental X-rays?

Absolutely. We are fully equipped for dental X-rays, which helps us offer top quality dental care.

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