Digital Pet Radiography (X-Ray)
Radiography or x-ray equipment is an important part of a veterinary medical facility. It is one of the few technologies that allow us to have a detailed examination of such organs as bones, lungs, and intestines.
We provide digital x-ray capabilities, the benefits of which cannot accurately be worded in text. Firstly, it is a significantly more environmentally-friendly solution, eliminating waste from x-ray films and toxic chemicals previously required for the development of film. Aside from this, it provides a much higher resolution of image, allowing for more accurate diagnosis of many ailments, from broken bones to pneumonia. The veterinarian can easily adjust the brightness, contrast, zoom, and much more, making detecting abnormalities much faster, more accurate, and easier. Finally, difficult cases can be sent to a radiologist for interpretation with the click of a button.
X-ray equipment or radiography forms a key component of any veterinary hospital or medical facility and is among the few technologies which help veterinarians with a detailed examination of organs like the lungs, intestines, and bones. The benefits of our vet radiology capabilities extend beyond words and are significantly more environment-friendly. Digital radiology eliminates wastage from x-ray films and the toxic chemicals which were inevitable for processing the film in the past. Further, radiography provides images with very high resolution making the diagnosis of ailments more accurate ranging from pneumonia to broken bones. The zoom, contrast, brightness, and other attributes can be easily adjusted and controlled by the veterinarian helping him/her detect abnormalities easily and quickly with a high level of accuracy. In instances where expert opinion from a radiologist is desired, the required information can be transmitted to him with just the click of a button.
Digital radiography has evolved as a key development in the field of diagnostic imaging helping improved patient outcomes, patient care, expanded consultation possibilities, and focused solutions. For nearly 2 decades now, vet radiology has been reckoned as the gold standard by the veterinary industry. When the technology evolved initially, it came with a stiff investment cost of over $100K and has become more affordable with the technology being adopted in the mainstream.
Benefits of using Digital Radiography for Pets
A stellar benefit from digital radiography is a clear read. With the traditional film-based radiography, errors resulting from positioning, movement of the patient, or other issues with exposure. Changing the appearance or zooming of the image was also not possible with film-based radiography.
For veterinary practices that had consistent trouble getting a quality radiographic image with films, the transition to digital radiography has come as a big boon paying for itself. Digital radiography is also significantly more forgiving compared to the film based radiography on account of the algorithms employed in image processing. Consequently, veterinary practices can now expect images having a balanced presentation of different bone structures as well as the overlapping soft tissues making the representation of the whole anatomy more realistic.
Using digital radiography is also pretty much easier compared to the film-based systems and vastly reduces the instances of poor quality images on account of exposure or technician errors. Digital technology is also faster compared to the conventional radiography and computer software comes to our aid in allowing adjustment of contrast, zoom, brightness, and pan for optimization of soft tissue and bone in just a single exposure. Nearly everything can be adjusted with the help of a mouse or mere gestures on a viewing screen and the only pre-requisite is that the patient should be positioned correctly.
Lower exposure to radiation is another major advantage of digital radiography. Fewer takes also translate to lower radiation exposure for the patients as well as the staff. Present-day digital sensors are also more responsive compared to films and that helps in a drop of radiation by almost 70% while producing digital images.
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