Digital Radiography (X-Rays)

Xray MachineWe are pleased to say that in a world where virtually everything has gone digital, your pet’s office visit to San Miguel Veterinary Clinic is no exception!  Digital radiography, or “X-rays” are becoming more and more mainstream in veterinary medicine, for good reason and we are proud to offer this service at our office as well.  

This technology is benefiting pets, owners, and veterinarians everywhere!

So are you wondering what’s so great about digital radiographs compared to traditional X-rays?

First of all, they are fast and efficient.  With traditional X-rays, an exposure was made and then an actual piece of film was processed with a series of chemicals in order to view the picture.  This process was messy and took time. The digital process we use at our office is known as Phosphor Plate Radiography and replaced the traditional film with an imaging plate that we used to capture the X-rays to be displayed on a monitor in the viewing room.  Digital radiography allows for minor adjustments to be made with minimal effort and causing much less stress to the patient.

Also, digital radiographs are as portable as things come.  A digital X-ray can be quickly and easily viewed by a pet owner and discussed with the doctor.  Should you wish to take your images for a second opinion or your pet needs to be referred to a specialist, the images can easily be placed on a CD to take with you or sent by e-mail to the appropriate recipient.

Another nice thing about digital radiographs is the image quality.  Not only are better images obtained due to the immediate feedback that is received, but digital technology produces a much clearer, more detailed image.  This gives the veterinarian much more information to work with for their diagnosis.

Digital radiography in veterinary medicine is truly a step into the future for your pet’s care.  This fast, efficient technology is truly representative of the digital age within the veterinary community and available here at San Miguel Veterinary Clinic.

-used in part from AAHC