At Crosspointe Animal Hospital, the pets we treat and their loving families become our friends. We work hard to stay current on medical research so we can use the best methods to care for our patients in Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton, and the surrounding areas. Radiology, or x-rays, provide an excellent way of narrowing down a detailed and accurate diagnosis for an illness or trauma. It is an excellent tool that we use to develop an effective treatment plan to maintain and improve the health of your pet.
How Radiology Works
Our veterinarians examine your pet’s physical appearance, vital signs, and behavior. We also listen carefully to your description of any changes you have noticed in your pet, both obvious and subtle. This is very important since you know your pet better than anyone and will be the first person to detect when something is ‘off’ about your pet. Combined with these initial findings, diagnostic tests provide the most illuminating look into what is going on inside the pet’s body. X-rays reveal minuscule yet significant details about broken bones, tumors, bronchial tubes and bronchioles in the lungs, gastrointestinal blockages, and a wealth of other diseases and traumas.
Radiology makes use of a safe level of electromagnetic radiation that passes through the body to produce an image of the inside. The patient lies between the two walls of the x-ray machine while one side sends out photons and the portions of the body that can absorb the energy from the photons will show up in the x-ray images. When the photons are received on the other side of the machine, the information is developed into images that look like shadows, much like the negative of a photograph. They show clear and detailed reflections of the inner areas of the body that would otherwise be unseen. This is especially important because some details like these can guide a treatment plan and even change the entire diagnosis.
How A Veterinarian Uses Radiology
Images of the organs and bones greatly help veterinarians in determining the most precise and efficient way to help your pet. Impactions in the urinary tract or digestive system can be narrowed down to exact areas and possibly even identified as to the specific materials. Fractures in the bones can be viewed in close-up detail to create a plan of how best to set them for proper healing.
If your pet has inadvertently swallowed something harmful or endured a trauma that you did not see the cause of, our veterinarians will recommend radiology as a remarkably helpful tool to form the most accurate diagnosis and treatment. Advances in this technology have also introduced digital x-rays, which eliminates the waiting time in developing the images. Our veterinarians can also manipulate the photos, zooming in even further for fine details.
Get Quality Veterinary Care in Fairfax Station, VA
From emergencies to pet wellness check-ups, our veterinarians at Crosspointe Animal Hospital are happy to help our furry friends in Lorton, Fairfax Station, Clifton, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (703) 690-6600 to schedule an appointment with one of our vets.