Digital X-ray has Arrived!

Posted on Aug 29th, 2012, 11:25 AM America/Los_Angeles

We are very pleased to have state-of-the-art digital X-ray processing units for both dental and full-body X-rays!  Digital X-rays provide a host of benefits for a veterinary practice and its patients.  They are much faster, far safer, easier to share, and provide superior results in comparison to traditional film X-rays.

A lot of time is saved by digital radiography since we bypass the chemical processing step that is necessary when taking X-rays on film.  Since digital X-rays are so fast your pet spends less time under anesthesia during professional dental cleanings and other procedures requiring sedation and/or anesthetics.  This speed allows us to complete X-rays of every tooth with all dental procedures.

Sharing X-rays is important when seeking specialist consultations.  Digital X-ray files make this a snap, providing critical information more quickly in emergency cases.

One of the greatest benefits of digital X-rays is the increased safety it provides for patients and staff members alike. Less radiation is used to produce a digital X-ray image than is used in producing an X-ray image on film. Less exposure to radiation translates to a safer experience for our patients and a less hazardous work environment for our staff. Since digital X-rays allow us to skip the chemical processing step that is a necessary part of developing X-rays on film, there is a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous material waste.  This means that digital X-rays are not only safer for our patients and our staff, but also for our natural environment as well.

Digital X-ray gives us an image quality far superior to traditional film. The diagnostic power of digital X-ray allows us to discover disease sooner and identify problems with greater accuracy. With digital X-ray, we now have the ability to apply special image processing techniques that can enhance the overall display of the image. This means that our doctors can review X-ray images with our clients and show and explain their findings with greater ease. In addition to this great benefit, all of the digital X-rays taken at Capitola Veterinary Hospital are initially reviewed by our doctors, and then again by a board certified radiologist. That’s a great value for our clients!

We are proud to be able to offer digital X-ray services to our clients! So, next time your canine or feline companion needs to have an X-ray done, rest assured that we offer nothing but the best!

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