Digital Radiography Services at Your Houston Veterinarian
Digital radiography produces images of your pet’s internal organs but, unlike conventional x-rays, digital technology does not use conventional film. These digital x-rays create high quality images while limiting your pet’s exposure to dangerous radiation associated with conventional x-rays.
Our veterinarians rely on digital radiology to help us diagnose the cause of a variety of problems, such as vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss. Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, can help our veterinarians see internal damage resulting from abdominal wounds or trauma, or to determine if your pet has swallowed a foreign objects.
Digital radiographs are helpful if a blood test reveals a potential problem with your pet’s liver, kidneys or other organs. Our veterinarians may recommend a digital chest x-ray if your pet is having trouble breathing or shows signs of heart disease. Digital radiographs of bones and joints help us evaluate joint pain, spine pain or lameness.
Benefits of Digital Radiography
There are a number of benefits to digital radiography. The primary benefit is that the digital radiography equipment produces higher quality images in less time as compared with traditional x-ray machines. Digital x-ray machines display the results on a computer monitor in seconds, eliminating the need for hazardous chemical processors needed to develop film. Digital radiography usually requires fewer re-takes, which reduces radiation exposure to your four-legged friend.
Our veterinarians can use the computer to enhance the digital images, which allows them to see fine detail and subtle changes. If necessary, we can send digital x-rays to specialists for further evaluation or copy the images to a CD for clients to view on their home computers. Digital storage allows us to store records electronically, protecting the valuable information from damage or loss.
Our veterinarians can use dental or full body digital x-rays to diagnose and treat your sick or injured pet.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Our Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic veterinarians use digital x-rays to help us assess the dental health of your pet. About two-thirds of your pet’s teeth are below the gum line, making it difficult to detect tooth decay occurring below the gum line. Digital dental radiographs help us to see fractures or internal disease occurring in teeth, in the soft tissue near the teeth, the jawbone and in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). These dental imaging tests can also reveal cysts, tumors or foreign objects below the gum line.
Digital radiography helps us find problems that need attention and diagnose problems before creating a treatment plan. These digital x-rays help us come to a diagnosis quickly and accurately so we can get to work treating your pet. Quality dental care for your pets must include dental x-rays.
For more information about digital radiography, contact our Houston, TX, veterinarian at Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic by calling (713) 783-4044.