Ultrasound and X-ray for Dogs
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.
How do you use X-ray and radiology services at your hospital?
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 differentiates 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 for your pet’s situation.
How much does a dog X-ray exam 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 addressed by your veterinarian so that it is accurate for your situation.