Digital Radiology for Pets
Imaging is such an important diagnostic tool to help provide information about possible medical conditions that we would not be able to see otherwise. At Continental Animal Wellness Center we pride ourselves in being able to provide our patients with superior imaging options.
We also partner with Mobile Animal CT to provide our patients with advanced CT imaging options in the comfort of our clinic with your local veterinarian. A board certified radiologist will interpret all CT images and provide a comprehensive report in a timely manner.
Currently We Offer
We offer OFA radiographs for your dog. In order to get proper placement for these specific radiographs we do require your pet to be sedated and have a current exam by one of our veterinarians.
We work closely with a board certified radiologist to offer superior imaging consults. We can request a specialist to review all in clinic radiographs without the hassle of taking your pet to a specialty clinic.
What is a Digital X-Ray?
A traditional X-ray machine needs to transfer the captured images to film, whereas a digital X-ray is connected to a computer so that the images captured are much clearer and more accurate. Since the image does not have to be transferred onto traditional film, the results from a digital X-ray can be received much quicker compared to the results from a traditional X-ray machine. Digital X-ray images are easy and timely to send to specialists for review and to referring veterinarians. Digital X-rays also produce less radiation than traditional X-ray machines, so not only are they more cost-effective than traditional X-rays, but they are also safer for your pet.
Veterinary radiology is an advanced branch of medicine that uses imaging machinery like CT scans, digital radiography imaging, MRIs, and ultrasounds to provide medical diagnostic images that are used to detect issues in pet’s bones, organs, and blood vessels. At Continental Animal Wellness Center, we use diagnostic imaging to identify complicated medical issues that are not visible or apparent through other diagnostic means and come up with the most effective treatment plan for your pet. Pet radiology has made it easier for veterinary radiologists to diagnose and treat illnesses like arthritis, congenital abnormalities, lung disease, GI disease, and many forms of cancer in your pet. Veterinary radiology has also expanded to dental care through pet dental X-rays. These X-rays inform your veterinarian of trouble areas while performing cat and dog dental cleaning procedures. Radiology is an important tool in modern healthcare for your cat or dog, allowing faster and more accurate diagnoses of complicated ailments that lead to more effective treatment plans for your pet. We at Continental Animal Wellness Center are proud to be the go-to choice for cat and dog radiology in Flagstaff, AZ.
Digital Dental X-Rays for Pets
For many cats and dogs, the damage from a wide variety of dental diseases remains below the surface of their gumlines and is not easily detectable by owners or veterinarians just by eyesight. In this instance, your veterinarian will turn to the help of digital radiographs to get a better view of what is happening below the gumline and inside the tooth. Digital dental X-rays of your pets make it easier to detect and diagnose dental problems, ensuring that your pet’s primary veterinarian has the information necessary to assess your pet’s oral health and come up with the optimal treatment plan for your pet. Digital dental X-rays allow veterinarians to see the bone’s health, and structure inside each tooth, as well as the roots below the gumline of your pet. Dental X-rays are usually taken during a full oral exam during a dog or cat dental cleaning appointment. Digital X-rays are safer than traditional X-ray equipment as they have a much lower risk of radiation exposure. In addition to being safer, digital X-rays also offer the benefit of displaying the results much faster than a traditional X-ray, so appointment times involving dental X-rays have gotten shorter.
Ultrasounds are an important diagnostic tool that utilizes sound waves that penetrate the body of your pet and create images allowing your veterinarian to see inside of your pet’s body without invasive surgery. Unlike X-rays, ultrasounds can evaluate the condition of soft tissues like organs. Common reasons for your dog or cat to need an ultrasound are heart conditions, pregnancy, and detection of foreign objects in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract that can’t show up on an X-ray and may cause digestion issues like cloth, plastics, or paper.
The Benefits of Digital Radiology
Digital radiology offers many advantages over traditional forms of radiology. The results from digital X-rays are obtained much faster compared to a traditional X-ray since they do not need to be transferred onto film. Other forms of digital radiology like ultrasounds, echocardiography, endoscopy, and fluoroscopy offer real-time feedback. In addition to being faster than traditional radiology practices, digital radiology is considered safer for your pets. Digital X-rays reduce the amount of radiation exposure to your pet. Ultrasounds and endoscopy allow vets to observe the inside of your pets’ organs without the need for invasive surgeries. Contact us today if you believe that your pet is in need of our digital radiology services.