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Even more than 120 years after they were first discovered, X-rays continue to amaze with their ability to penetrate the inner structures of people and pets alike. But traditional methods of obtaining X-rays have always had their disadvantages as well, from the worries about radiation exposure to the time required for film development. Fortunately, modern advances have given us new and better ways to make pet X-ray images. You'll be happy to learn that our Leonardtown veterinary hospital uses only high-quality digital radiology equipment to obtain clearer, more easily shared images than ever before -- while also exposing your beloved pet to less radiation.
X-rays belong to a part of the radiation spectrum below that of visible light. But these invisible rays can leave visible artifacts when directed at a subject -- or rather, through a subject and onto a special photographic plate. When this technology is used to take a pet X-ray image, softer tissues tend to let the X-rays pass through to varying degrees, while hard structures such as bones, metal implants or foreign bodies will deflect the rays. The result is a photographic image that shows hard structures in great detail and soft structures in shades of gray, allowing us to perform more accurate diagnoses of fractures, stones, ingested objects or other problems afflicting your pet.
But X-rays can introduce problems of their own. Owners are understandably concerned about exposing their pets to radiation -- and by the time a photographic X-ray develops, the vet may discover that the image came out badly and has to be repeated. This, in turn, may increase the time your pet spends sedated, a necessary measure to keep him still. Digital X-rays from our Leonardtown vet, Dr. Fenwick, eliminate or greatly reduce these issues in the following ways:
Our dedication to providing the highest standard of diagnostic care has led Breton Veterinary Hospital to use digital X-rays exclusively. Our Leonardtown vet has the necessary training and experience in reading these images to diagnose your pet's problem quickly and efficiently. This allows us to move on to the treatment stage quickly and confidently so your pet can get started on the road to recovery.
Discover the tremendous benefits of digital imaging technology. Schedule that necessary pet X-ray by contacting us at (301) 475-7808!