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XRAY AND ULTRASOUND


X-Rays (Radiographs)

Here at the clinic we are equipped with a DIGITAL X-Ray machine and automatic X-Ray developer. The above X-Ray is of a dogs chest -  as the lungs are filled with air, they are black on an X-Ray, but can you see the solid heart in the centre? This particular dog has a bone stuck in its throat! That is the big vertebrae bone ‘floating’ in the chest - this should clearly not be there.


Like the example above, X-Rays can tell us a lot about an animal that we wouldn’t know for sure otherwise. We can spot broken bones, diagnose arthritis and measure dogs for Hip Dysplasia.


Chest X-Rays can show us the extent of heart disease, obstructions, lung disease, spinal disease, diaphragmatic hernias... the list goes on! Similarly, abdominal X-Rays may show unusual organ enlargements, obstructions or cancers, to name a few. Sometimes, not seeing problems on X-Ray is as useful as finding things, as we are able to rule out a number of problems with a clear X-Ray.


Ultrasound

We are able to do simple ultrasound checks here at the clinic, such as early pregnancy diagnosis, or examining organs for changes consistent with cancer. However, we do not have a specialist small animal ultrasound machine, so are unable to perform more involved examinations. When we need a better look at an animals organs, usually in the abdomen, we will refer you to Hamilton to a specialist imaging veterinarian.

 
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The radiograph on the left is of a puppy with a broken leg. This particular break is a spiral fracture of the tibia.

This fracture was repaired with a pin and three circlage wires to hold the bone stable.

The radiograph to the right was taken after six weeks. The bone has healed well and the pin is now sitting inside the bone due to the puppies growth.