X-ray and Ultrasound
Diagnostic imaging, such as x-rays and ultrasound, are important tools that can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s injury and/or illness. Southpointe Pet Hospital offers x-rays and basic ultrasounds from our veterinary team. More extensive ultrasound scans are performed by a mobile veterinary ultrasound service brought into our clinic or through referral to a specialty centre.
What is the difference between a cat X-ray and a cat ultrasound?
X-rays are an effective tool to assess the skeletal structure, lungs, shape, and size of the heart, shape of the abdominal organs, and to assess for abnormal fluid accumulations, masses, and some stones (i.e. bladder, gall). X-rays do have their limitations, and they are a 2-dimensional representation of 3-dimensional structures. There are times when x-rays are not the ideal method to evaluate the problem. Ultrasound uses sound waves to project an image of internal body structures in real-time. Ultrasound enables viewing organs and tissues from different angles, and differentiate tissues of varying densities in situations where x-rays cannot. For example, if your pet accidentally eats a hard plastic or metal object, that can easily be identified on an x-ray. However, if your pet eats a foreign object made out of stuffing or fabric, that may blend in with the stomach and abdominal fluid that are of similar density. When imaging is recommended, your veterinarian can discuss which type is the most appropriate to your pet’s situation.
Does the clinic also do feline dental X-rays?
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are a crucial part of professional dental care for our feline patients. If your cat is recommended to have a professional cleaning and dental assessment under anesthesia, this will include full mouth x-rays to evaluate the health of all of their tooth roots effectively.
How much does a cat X-ray cost?
The cost of x-rays depends on the area that needs to be imaged and how many different angles may be required for an accurate assessment. Some animals that are in pain or anxious may require sedation to minimize the stress of handling for x-rays. The cost of imaging will be discussed with your veterinarian so that it is accurate for your situation.