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Answers To Your Digital X-Ray FAQs From Your Baltimore Veterinarian


What is the Difference between Film X-rays and Digital X-rays?

In the past, pet x-ray using films exposed animals to low radiation levels, were subject to interpretation errors and did not allow a vet to enhance images. Immediately available following completion, digital x-rays provide detailed representations of your pet's anatomy that can be enlarged or manipulated to improve diagnosis accuracy. Your Baltimore veterinarian can adjust the color, brightness or contract of a digital x-ray to enhance the image and better explain to pet owners the type of health problem their pet is experiencing. In addition, digital pet x-rays emit over 85 percent less radiation than film x-rays.

Can Digital X-rays Be Used to Help Treat Dental Problems?

Yes. Digital x-rays can provide information about your pet's oral health not detectable during a standard pet dental exam. Previously, abnormalities such as bone loss, cysts, suspicious lesions or tumors and infections developing within the pulp of the tooth could not be seen using film X-ray technology. With digital X-ray, two and three dimensional images are captured using state-of-the-art sensors and immediately presented on a computer monitor screen for clinical assessment by your Baltimore veterinarian.

How Will Digital X-rays Help My Pet in an Emergency?

Since digital x-rays are stored on a computer, your vet can simply email these images to an emergency animal hospital in the event your pet requires functional treatment. Collaborating with veterinarians specializing in specific surgeries or uncommon diseases greatly increases the prognosis of an injured or ill pet.

When Is Digital X-rays Needed?

In addition to providing precise images of hidden teeth and gum problems, digital x-rays for pets are also ordered for bone fractures, diagnosing arthritis, determining the extent of kidney, lung or heart diseases and locating ingested foreign objects. Also, unless a pet is extremely agitated, we can usually take a digital pet xray without the use of anesthesia.

Fullerton Animal Hospital is staffed with technicians trained to implement and interpret digital x-rays. To develop a correct diagnosis in more complicated cases, we may also use ultrasound (for suspected thoracic and abdominal diseases) or test your pet's blood for signs of infection or disease. If your pet requires digital x-rays, your Baltimore veterinarian will be more than happy to answer your questions about this advanced technology as well as other diagnostic tools used in veterinary medicine.

If you would like to schedule a wellness examination for your pet, please contact us today at (410) 665-6996.