Radiology

At Martindale Animal Clinic radiographs are usually available within one hour, which is very important for fast diagnosis when our patients are critically sick. We sometimes use Radiology (x-rays) to learn valuable information about your pet’s:

  • Bones
  • Gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines, colon)
  • Respiratory tract (lungs)
  • Heart
  • Genitourinary system (kidneys, bladder, prostate)

Radiology can be used alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to:

  • Provide a list of possible causes for your pet’s condition
  • Identify the exact cause of a problem
  • Rule out possible problems
  • Evaluate dental disease below the gum line

When your pet is being radiographed, an x-ray beam passes through their body and an image is received on a piece of radiographic film. Images on the film appear as various shades of gray and reflect the anatomy of the animal. Bones, which absorb more x-rays, appear as light gray structures. Soft tissues, such as the lungs, absorb fewer x-rays and appear as dark gray structures. Interpretation of radiographs requires great skill on the part of your veterinarian.

Feel free to contact us today for more information about our radiology services.