X-rays have been used to provide images of everything from broken bones and tumors to foreign objects and even bullets. These images were developed to helps doctors decide on the best course of treatment for their patients. But when X-ray equipment was developed in 1895, they probably didn’t think they’d be used on animals!
Today vets use X-rays to help determine the best course of treatment for dogs, cats, birds, lizards and large animals like horses, sheep, goats and more. If your pet suffers an injury, falls ill or has unusual symptoms, oftentimes and X-ray can help identify the problem.
X-Rays And Dogs
Veterinarians use X-rays for a wide variety of issues: fractured and broken bones, intestinal blockages, tumor identification, bladder stones and even if a dog is suspected of swallowing a foreign object. However, since plastic can be difficult to see and small tumors can actually blend in with surrounding tissue, sometimes a CT Scan, ultrasound or MRI is warranted.
What’s The X-Ray Process For Dogs?
If your pet needs medical imaging, sometimes it will need to be sedated, since it must be still during the imaging process. To take the X-ray, a cassette containing the film or sensor will be placed underneath the area in question. The cassette will protect the film or sensor from scratches or damage. The X-ray equipment is located on a mechanical arm. It will be positioned over the area to be imaged.
The X-ray process takes 10 minutes or less as a rule. However, sometimes a dog will need to be repositioned as it is X-rayed. X-rays using film can be processed in 30 minutes or less. Digital X-rays are ready for viewing immediately.
The cost of X-rays varies. The more images that are needed, the higher the cost. It costs more if your pet needs an anesthetic.
Do You Need Medical Imaging Equipment For Your Veterinary Practice?
There is a wide variety of used and refurbished medical imaging equipment available on the secondary market. Oftentimes, a refurbished or used device can deliver all the performance you need for your veterinary practice or urgent animal care facility. The lower cost is great for your bottom line, and you’ll still get a great service warranty, as a rule. Talk to the experts at Atlantis Worldwide. We’ve been helping healthcare facilities for both humans and animals for more than 30 years and would love to help you.
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