Radiography (X-ray)

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Radiographs, or x-ray studies, use a very short burst of x-rays to create an image of the body. The VMTH is equipped with digital radiography systems that capture the radiograph without the use of film. Radiographs are used to diagnose disease in the chest, abdomen and musculoskeletal system. We also perform many special studies such as contrast studies of the gastrointestinal and urinary tract to diagnose obstructions. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of veterinary medical imaging.

An x-ray is typically the first imaging test used to help diagnose problems such as:
•    trouble breathing
•    cough
•    trauma
•    fever

Veterinarians use the examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:
•    pneumonia
•    heart failure and other heart problems
•    cancer
•    other medical conditions