With our new digital radiology unit, Mission Animal & Bird Hospital no longer uses x-ray film or toxic developing chemicals. When the image is taken by our state-of-the-art radiology equipment, it appears on our high resolution monitor almost immediately. With digital capabilities previously only found in advanced human hospitals, our doctors and x-ray technicians can adjust the contrast, lighten or darken areas of the image, and even change the magnification of what they’re looking at.
This means that fewer images are needed, and therefore your pet is exposed to less radiation.
The greater accuracy and flexibility of this equipment means doctors can see lesions, such as small tumors, that were not visible with the older technology. This enables earlier diagnosis and treatment for your pet’s illnesses or diseases.
It also means your pet’s image can be sent instantly to veterinary specialists anywhere in the world – giving you access expert opinioins and medical advice well beyond anything available before!
You can even view your pet’s x-ray images on our website within 24 hours!
The veterinarians here at Mission Animal & Bird Hospital are trained and certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals to conduct hip dysplasia evaluations in dogs – and are also trained and certified in the Penn-Hip evaluation method.
This process can be performed at a much earlier age than OFA certification. It’s also able to diagnose hip dysplasia in some dogs who appear normal on routine hip radiographs.
The procedure requires a general anesthetic, and involves x-raying your dog’s hips in three different positions to measure how loose the joints are.
If you’re a breeder, you should consider using this test to help you select good breeding candidates at a younger age.
And if your dog competes athletically, consider using this technique to evaluate the future soundness of your dogs or puppies.
Radiology (x-rays) is routinely used to provide valuable information about a pet’s bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs), heart, and genitourinary system (bladder, prostate).
It can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, identify the exact cause of a problem or rule out possible problems.