When you see signs of an ailment in your pet’s behavior or physical appearance, bringing it to a veterinarian for treatment is important since your pets cannot tell you how bad they feel. The most valuable step in getting your furry friend’s health back on track is getting an accurate diagnosis. Our veterinarians at Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital are here for pet owners in and around Surrey with a wide array of treatment modalities to help our four-legged patients.
Along with a detailed examination by our experienced and caring veterinarians, diagnostic tests reveal what is going on inside your pet. Our team is always prepared for any pets’ health needs. Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital is equipped with an x-ray machine to evaluate broken bones, impactions in the intestine or urinary tract, cancerous or benign tumors, issues with the lungs, and we can check for internal diseases and trauma that could show no visible symptoms.
How Does Digital Radiography Work?
X-ray technology, also known as radiography, has revolutionized health care for humans and pets since its invention. Photographs of the inside of the body are taken using radiation. A very powerful type of light in the form of electromagnetic radiation sends photons from one end of the machine through the patient’s body to the other end. The end that sends photons, the cathode, has a negative charge, and the receiving end, the anode, attracts that energy to it through the body with its positive charge.
Parts of the body made up of larger atoms, like the bones, absorb the photon’s energy and show up in photographs when the energy is received at the anode end of the apparatus. To examine softer tissues, which generally have smaller atoms, the patient ingests a barium compound that better absorbs the energy and shows up on radiographs. The resulting image looks like a photograph negative, or shadows of internal structures.
How Our Veterinarians Use Digital Radiography
Breaks and fractures in the bones throughout the body, including the teeth and jaws, can be precisely examined with x-rays. Blockages in the digestive system, such as when your pet swallows some dangerous debris when you are not looking, can be analyzed for location and identification of the object.
With the new developments in digital photography, an x-ray image can be manipulated to zoom in on the small areas. Digital radiography also eliminates the lengthy process of making a separate appointment with a veterinary specialist to take and develop the x-rays and to transport them between veterinarians. Digital images are available immediately and easily sent between offices. Modern advances in technology have made it easier to keep your pets happy and healthy for years to come.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Surrey
Our team at Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to providing pets with the best care possible and correctly identifying any health issues using the latest technology. Call us today at (604) 536-3131 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.