Digital Radiology

xrayAs technology leads us into the future and improves our lives, diagnostic imaging is no exception. Digital radiology gives our practice the ability to diagnose conditions almost on the spot. This allows us to treat conditions faster and more effectively.

In the old days, a technician spent a considerable amount of time carefully positioning the x-ray machine and the pet to get just the right view of the area to be diagnosed. The x-ray films were then processed through a lab and sent back to our practice for viewing. A light box was necessary to view the films and we had only the naked eye to examine them. If perhaps the image was poor or blurry, we retook the x-rays and the whole process began again.

With today’s most current digital radiography, our practice takes the x-ray image using advanced machinery which sends it directly to digital x-ray sensors for storage and display on a computer. There is no lag time and no waiting for films to process at a separate lab. This means if the exposure is poor or if Fluffy moved a little bit, we can see the flaws immediately and retake the x-ray right then and there. We can also share the image digitally instead of sending large films out through the mail.  In cases where a specialist consultation on the X-rays would be beneficial, we can send the digital X-rays to the radiologist electronically and typically have a report back by the next business day.

Like most digital images, our practice can easily enhance the digital x-ray image on the computer. We can zoom in, or change the contrast and brightness for better viewing. Plus a digital x-ray technology creates a much clearer and detailed image than traditional x-rays. In identifying and analyzing changes of an ongoing condition that requires a series of images, our practice can utilize computer programs to assist us.  An added bonus to digital radiology is the fact that it emits less radiation than traditional radiology.

Our practice has two types of digital radiology :

* Dental digital radiology allows our practice to view the internal anatomy of the teeth including the roots and surrounding bone.  It isn't uncommon to find fractures or abscesses in the roots that the sedated oral exam didn't find. 

* Standard digital radiology uses larger size digital x-rays to help us assess entire body parts like the chest, abdomen or limbs.  We canidentify a fractured bone, or degeneration in a joint as well as sometimes identify foreign objects inside your pet’s body.