Radiography is the most common form of imaging, which allows us to shape, size and locate the organs in your pet's body for medical evaluation. Radiography (X-rays) is very useful for a diagnosis and monitoring of many medical, surgical and orthopaedic problems. X-rays are useful in examining the bones, lungs, heart, intestine, mouth and other parts of your pet's body. The X-rays, allows us to see if there is something broken or your pet has a tumor and / or heart problem or a blockage by a foreign object in his stomach or intestines. Sometimes we need to inject a contrast material to make the organs more visible. To enable us to take the best X-ray image, your pet must be placed in a certain position and should also be kept still. This is not always easy because the position in which he or she need to be in is not always comfortable. When there is a broken bone this position can be painful for your pet. Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to sedate your pet with tranquilizer or possibly even place them under general anaesthesia.
Since repeated exposure to X-rays can be harmful to our health, when we take an X-ray we wear a lead apron, lead gloves, thyroid shield and a we carry a roentgen dose meter. The amount of radiation that your pet receives during an x-ray is negligible as it is often only a few photos.
Given our experience and using our state of the art equipment, we at Het Zicht Clinic are also able to make official X-rays for hip dysplasia (HD) and elbow dysplasia (ED). These photos are taken under standard conditions and must meet high quality standards. The photos are sent to special assessment / diagnostic institutes