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Radiology and Ultrasound

What radiology is used for

X-rays can be used alone or with other diagnostic tools to provide a list of possible causes for a pet’s condition, or to identify the exact cause.  Radiology is used to provide diagnostic information about your pet’s internal structures:

  • The skeleton

  • Gastrointestinal tract: stomach, intestines, large bowel

  • Respiratory tract: lungs

  • Heart

  • Urinary system

When your pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through its body and hits a piece of radiographic film.  Images on the film appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal.

Bones appear as light gray structures because they absorb more x-rays.  Soft tissue such as the lungs, absorb fewer x-rays and appear as dark gray structures.