Digital Radiology at Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic
There can be little question that traditional radiology has performed a great service for the medical and veterinary fields over the years. But at the same time, some of the limitations of filmed-based X-ray technology have posed their share of obstacles, from concerns over radiation exposure to delays in the developing process. That's why Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic is so delighted to be able to offer the next great advance in this diagnostic technique. Digital radiology offers safer, quicker, sharper internal images for pets just like yours.
The Digital Advantage
Radiology is the science of using imaging techniques to view the inside of the body for diagnostic purposes. X-ray images are made by placing the subject in front of a photographic film plate. X-rays are capable of passing through soft tissues depending on the tissues' density, with bones (the hardest tissue) reflecting the X-rays back to create a solid image. The final result can tell us a great deal about what's happening within your pet's body -- but the process has its flaws. Developing the film takes several minutes, during which time your pet must stay sedated until it's clear that the image came out properly. Retakes are sometimes necessary, which only adds to the amount of radiation an animal must receive. Even good images may be limited in detail; they also tend to be bulky and awkward to transport.
Digital radiology has triumphantly hurdled the shortcomings of traditional X-rays. This technique uses sensors instead of film to capture X-rays images as digital files instead of preserving them on film. The benefits of digital radiology include:
- Immediate results - Our veterinarian in Council Bluffs and Glenwood, Dr. Cary Wolter, can view the digital image immediately to determine whether we have captured the information we need. This means less sedation time and quicker treatment for your pet.
- Quality - Digital X-rays are much sharper and more detailed than standard film-based X-rays. They can also enhanced using various computerized filters to bring out specific details.
- Convenience - Digital X-ray images can be shared with owners or other practitioners instantaneously simply by attaching them to email or transferring them to external media. This also makes them much easier to store.
- Safety - Digital X-rays expose your pet to much less radiation than film-based X-rays.
Applications of Digital Radiology
Digital radiology is extremely useful for diagnosing a variety of health issues. We can detect fractures, ingested or embedded foreign objects, stones, tumors, joint damage, abnormalities of the heart or other organs and much more. Skilled use of digital radiology can make all the difference in your pet's quality of care.
Ask Our Veterinarian in Council Bluffs and Glenwood
If you believe your pet can benefit from digital radiology, learn more from our veterinarian in Council Bluffs and Glenwood. Call either of our offices today!