Radiographs, commonly referred to as X-rays, are a diagnostic imaging tool used to diagnose diseases and conditions in the chest, abdomen, and musculoskeletal system. X-rays are considered a safe, non-invasive tool that does not cause changes to the disease process or discomfort to the animal. Sedation or anesthesia is sometimes recommended on a case-by-case basis depending on the pet.
An x-ray image can diagnose a variety of conditions in pets, including:
Gastrointestinal obstruction & urinary obstruction
Bone fractures and other trauma
Respiratory distress and pneumonia
Orthopedic conditions (hip dysplasia, arthritis, & more)
Many, many other conditions