Our Surgery is fully equipped to take X-Rays (often called Radiographs) of your pets. X Rays are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen. Our Veterinarians will discuss your pet's case and conduct a thorough health check to determine if your pet requires X-Rays.

Most of our patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have X Rays taken, unless it is an emergency in which case we'll take them immediately. We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as they will most likely be sedated or anaesthetised to allow us to take the best quality X Rays possible. X Rays are developed within minutes and we can read the results straight away.

 

Why do pets need to be sedated or anaesthetised to have X Rays taken?

When we have X-Rays taken the radiographer asks us to keep perfectly still, often in unnatural positions. Most pets would never lie still enough, in the correct position, for us to take good enough quality X-Rays required to diagnose their condition. Sedation and anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful radiographs possible.

How are X-Rays made?

Taking a radiograph is very similar to taking a photo, except we use X-Rays instead of light rays. The usefulness of radiography as a diagnostic tool is based upon the ability of X-Rays to penetrate matter, Different tissues in the body absorb X-Rays to differing degrees.Of all the tissues in the body, bone absorbs X-Rays the best. This is the reason bone appears white on an X rays whereas air appears black because it absorbs no X-Rays. Soft tissues such as intestine and organs absorb some but not all X-Rays. We will demostrate and explain the results of your pets radiographs when they go home.