Radiography is the most common form of diagnostic imaging, enabling us to assess the shape, size and location of organs in your pet's body.
Radiography (X-rays) is very useful for making a diagnosis or for monitoring many medical, orthopaedic and surgical problems. X-rays can be used to examine the bones, lungs, heart, intestines, oral cavity and other parts of your pet's body.
On an X-ray we can see, for example, whether your pet has broken something, has a tumour and/or heart problem or is blocked by a foreign object in his stomach or intestines. Sometimes we first administer a contrast medium to make the organs in question more visible.
Your pet must be kept in a certain position during the photo and must also lie still. This is not always easy because the position in which he or she has to lie is not always comfortable. When a bone fracture is considered, this position can even be painful for your pet. That is why it is sometimes necessary to put your pet under complete anaesthesia.
Because X-rays can be harmful to health when exposed repeatedly, we wear a lead apron, lead gloves, a thyroid protector and a dosimeter when taking a photo. However, the amount of radiation your pet receives during an X-ray photo is negligible because it is often only a single photo.
Because of our experience and the use of our equipment, we at Dierenkliniek Het Zicht are also able to take official photos for hip dysplasia (HD) and elbow dysplasia (ED). These photos are taken according to standard conditions and must meet high quality standards. The photos will be sent to special assessment institutes.