Radiology – or X-rays – help our veterinarians evaluate dental, musculo-skeletal (muscles and bones), cardiovascular (heart and lungs), gastrointestinal (stomach and intestines), liver, reproductive and urinary systems.
We are very pleased to have state-of-the-art digital X-ray for both dental and 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!