Ultrasounds and X-rays are both non-invasive tools that allow us to capture images of your dog or cat’s internal structures. Within a few moments, our veterinary team can use our in-house technology to examine and assess specific areas of their body. Depending on the area being examined, we often use the technology separately or together.
Why does my dog or cat need an X-ray or ultrasound?
Depending on your dog or cat’s specific case, ultrasounds and X-rays could be needed to examine an injury or to support a diagnosis. For example, if your cat has a broken bone, we’ll likely recommend an X-ray to further examine the damage. If your dog has symptoms of heart disease, we could recommend an ultrasound. Other areas X-rays and ultrasounds can examine include:
- Bone structures
- Organs like heart, lungs, kidneys and more
- Tumours and cysts
- Foreign objects
How do X-rays and ultrasounds capture images?
Ultrasounds utilize high-frequency sound waves, transmitting images via a probe that reflect against the targeted area. While they offer insights into various internal structures, ultrasounds are not effective for air-filled structures like the lungs or bones, which is when X-rays come into play. Thanks to advancements like digital ultrasounds, X-rays have minimized radiation exposure make them safe for your pet.
Why does my dog or cat need to shave for an ultrasound?
Shaving is necessary for us to capture accurate images. The ultrasound probe needs to make direct contact with your dog or cat’s skin to detect the internal structure. We typically only shave the area being examined, which is usually a small area. If you have questions about our ultrasounds or X-rays, please contact us at 613-384-0986.