Radiography

Tallebudgera Veterinary Clinic is fully equipped to take radiographs (X-rays) of your pet.  Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine whether your pet requires radiographs. Radiographs can be important in helping us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving the chest, abdomen or skeletal structure.

What happens to my pet when it is booked in for radiographs?

Our patients may be admitted into hospital for the day to have radiographs taken, unless it is an emergency and we’ll take them in immediately. We ask that you fast your pet overnight before the morning of admission, as they will most likely be sedated or anaesthetised to allow us to take the best quality radiographs possible.  Once the radiographs have been taken and the vet has analysed them, we will give you a call or book an appointment with our veterinarians to show you the images and to discuss the diagnosis and a treatment plan for your pet.

Why does my pet need to be sedated or anaesthetised to have radiographs taken and why is my pet kept at the clinic for most of the day?

When we have radiographs taken the radiographer asks us to keep perfectly still, often in unnatural positions, to get the correct image.  Most pets would never lie still long enough, in the correct position, for us to take good quality radiographs required to diagnose their condition.  Sedation and anaesthesia allows us to take radiographs in the correct position without causing the animal unnecessary distress.  Before sedating any animal, our veterinary team will conduct a thorough examination of the animal.  In older dogs, it always advisable to do a blood test to determine if the animal can handle the sedation or anaesthetic and recover properly afterwards.    Due to the sedation and/or anaesthetic taking a few hours to wear off, we keep your pets here and monitor their recovery until they are awake and able to fully ambulate before going home.

How does radiography work?

Taking a radiograph is similar to taking a photo, except we use X-rays instead of light rays. The usefulness of radiography as a diagnostic tool is based upon the ability of X-rays to penetrate matter. Different tissues in the body absorb X-rays to differing degrees. Of all the tissues in the body, bone is the densest and absorbs the most X-rays. This is the reason that bone appears white on a radiograph. Soft tissues, such as lungs or organs, absorb some but not all of the X-rays, so soft tissues appear on a radiograph in different shades of grey.  Our veterinarians will show you the radiographs and explain what you are seeing before your pet is sent home.