X-ray and Ultrasound

Non-invasive diagnostic tools used to identify internal issues and provide targeted medical care.

At Kamloops Veterinary Clinic, we offer a range of diagnostic imaging such as x-ray and ultrasound services. Radiographs (x-ray) are often one of the first diagnostic procedures when your pet is not feeling well. Digital radiology provides our doctors with nearly instant diagnostic information. We also offer ultrasound exams as well. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of your pet and is painless and non-invasive.

How do you use x-ray and radiology services at your clinic?

Radiographs are images created by sending low doses of radiation (x-rays) through a patient that are absorbed differently by varying densities of body tissues. Then a detector plate captures the x-rays and converts them into a digital image. These images are a detailed look at the inside of your pet’s body; the images can show bones and soft tissues such as intestines and internal organs. X-rays are used to diagnose a multitude of conditions including broken bones, foreign bodies, cancerous metastasis and pregnancy. A digital system provides the highest quality images that allow our veterinarians to detect changes that may not be visible on conventional film radiographs. The digital system is fast; the virtually instantaneous image production allows for a quick diagnosis which can be critical in emergency situations. Further advantages of a digital system are that they allow us to easily share the images with specialists in complicated cases or with you as a client if you would like a copy.

How should I prepare my dog for their x-ray appointment?

We like to make the experience for your pet as comfortable as possible when taking x-rays. In many cases, we are able to take the images easily and quickly, however, if your pet is very scared, sore, sick, or uncomfortable, it may be in their best interest to sedate them prior to taking the x-ray images. This may require them to come back another day fasted and will stay with us for a few hours. Sedation is sometimes the best way to take x-ray images safely without causing undue stress to your pet.

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