Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasounds in Arlington
Seeing Beyond Fur with Radiological Imaging
Radiology is an important tool in the ongoing monitoring of your pet’s health. At Arlington South Veterinary Hospital, we use both x-ray imaging and ultrasound technology to see beyond your pet’s fur and help find issues that are affecting their health. A regular physical exam can only tell our veterinary team so much; if we suspect that there may be an underlying health problem, we can use radiological imaging to see the problem.
The Difference Between X-Rays & Ultrasounds
Both x-rays and ultrasounds allow our veterinarian to look at your pet’s bones, muscles, and internal organs. The biggest difference between these two types of radiological imaging is that x-rays provide images of the solid or tense tissues of your pet’s body, like bones and muscles, while ultrasounds look at soft tissues, such as organs. Both x-rays and ultrasounds are pain-free and non-invasive. Because all of our staff members are Fear Free certified, you can be sure that your pet will be safe and comfortable throughout the imaging process.
Digital technology gives us results much faster than traditional film x-rays. This newer method also provides a higher degree of detail, allowing us to get a closer look at your pet’s bones and muscles.
X-rays help us diagnose:
- Traumatic injuries
- Broken bones
- Foreign objects
- Some tumors
While digital x-rays are non-invasive and pain-free, we may still need to put your pet under some kind of sedation to keep them still in order to generate a clear picture.
Ultrasound imaging uses soundwaves to generate real-time images of your pet’s internal organs and soft tissues. Unlike x-rays, ultrasound technology can produce either still or moving images of your pet’s body. Additionally, because ultrasounds do not make use of radiation to produce its pictures, they are safe for use on developing fetuses or other delicate tissue.
Ultrasounds help us diagnose:
- Lumps or masses
- Organ damage
- Cardiovascular function
Ultrasounds are pain-free and non-invasive like x-rays, but do not require that your pet are sedated because the images that ultrasounds generate are not still images. Ultrasounds, however, cannot penetrate dense or solid tissues, like bones and some muscles, which means that if we need images of these parts of your pet’s body, we’ll recommend an x-ray instead.
Regardless of the type of radiological imaging we recommend for your pet, you can be sure that our highly trained and compassionate veterinary staff will ensure that your pet feels safe and comfortable throughout the imaging process.
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