At Castle Vets, we have modern digital X-ray facilities for high quality images and optimum safety and these images can be shared with you on the consulting room screen when you collect your pet after his or her investigations.
X-rays are a type of radiation that can pass through the body. As they pass through the body, the energy from X-rays is absorbed at different rates by different parts of the body. A detector on the other side of the body picks up the X-rays after they’ve passed through and turns them into an image. Dense parts of the body that X-rays find more difficult to pass through, such as bone, show up as clear white areas on the image, whereas softer parts that X-rays pass through more easily, such as internal organs, show up as darker areas.
An X-ray is a very effective way of looking at the bones in the body and can be used to help detect and diagnose a range of problems and illnesses.
Problems that can be be detected using an X-ray include:
- Fractured and/or broken bones
- Joint problems such as degeneration, arthritis and infections
- Dental abscesses and problems with tooth roots
- Intestinal blockages
- Non-cancerous and cancerous tumours
- Lung problems such as pneumonia
- Heart problems, such as heart failure and heart enlargement
- Bladder blockages and urinary stones
For the best quality, diagnostic x-rays, most patients will require a sedation or general anaesthetic, because they need to keep very still. However, for emergency trauma cases (such as road traffic accidents) it is possible to take an X-ray without the need for anaesthesia to give the vet a general idea of the problems.