Dr Vandermeer and Dr Spooner discuss an x-ray

Dr Vandermeer reviews an x-ray with Dr Spooner

At Yaletown Pet Hospital we are happy to offer digital radiology services when needed for all of our medical, surgical, and dental patients. We made the jump to digital dental x-rays several years ago, but only changed to full digital radiography in spring 2010.

Digital radiology means faster x-ray results: there’s no more waiting for the film to develop and images are ready to read within seconds.  Digital radiology also gives us the ability to manipulate the images to enhance what may not have been as visible with an image on film.

Restraining a patient for radiology

Jessie helps Dr Vandermeer position a patient for an x-ray

Taking a radiograph can also be stressful for the patient. Positioning a dog or cat on the x-ray table requires restraining it in a specific position while the x-ray is taken. If your pet happens to move during the exposure, or if the settings were not appropriate for the patient, the x-ray has to be taken again. If the results are available within seconds, the patient can be returned to its owner or its kennel much sooner.

If a diagnosis is still uncertain based on the x-ray, we can send radiographs (x-rays) of your pets to a radiologist by e-mail or via the internet. We can also burn a copy of your pet’s radiographs to disc for you, so you can check them out at them at home, or take them with you if a specialist consultation is required.

The convenience and speed of digital radiography is even more obvious with dental x-rays. Since our dental patients are almost always under anaesthetic, faster results mean shorter aneasthetic times. Also, dental x-ray films are typically 1” by 1.5” or 2” x 3” in size. A digital image can be enlarged significantly making the images much easier to read that their film counterparts.