Ultrasounds and X-rays (radiographs) are diagnostic imaging technologies that help us get a picture of your pet’s internal health. Both are useful tools that support us in providing your pet with an accurate diagnosis. If you have questions about your pet’s upcoming ultrasound or X-ray, please contact us at 519-624-9760.
What’s the difference between an ultrasound and X-rays?
Ultrasound use sound wave technology to create images of the specific body part the handheld probe is moving across. X-rays use electromagnetic waves to generate images of your pet’s internal structures. Both are safe imaging technologies that make a difference in helping us have more accurate diagnosis for your pet.
What does an X-ray help you see?
X-rays are great for seeing your pet’s spinal bones and limbs. Chest X-rays are able to detect the outline of their heart and the lung’s vessels. Organs in the abdomen like the liver and spleen as well as any foreign objects are visible. To protect your pet from any harmful rays, areas of their body that are being X-rayed are shielded by protective covers.
What medical issues can an ultrasound diagnose?
Bringing ultrasound imaging into our practice several years ago changed everything, especially for senior pet healthcare. This non-invasive tool helps us take a peek into your pet’s abdomen. No pain or stress, and we can see all internal organs in less than an hour. Sometimes we’ll ask specialists to come in and provide support if your pet needs a specialized ultrasound. They can help us diagnose medical issues like:
- Bladder stones/mass
- Cystocentesis guided urine collection
- Kidney stones
- Large abdominal masses in the liver, kidneys, spleen etc.
- Free abdominal fluid (like in the chest) and collecting a sample
- Pregnancy less than 25 days
- Pyometra (uterus infection)