X-rays are not just for looking at broken bones. We mostly think of x-rays as something to check if there is a broken bone, but x-rays can tell us so much more.
We use x-rays to examine the size, shape and position of organs in the body. We also use x-rays to check if there is foreign material in the body – such as bladder stones or tennis balls!
Sometimes we use a technique called contrast radiology to help us better determine what is going on in our patients. This form of x-rays uses material we place in the patient to highlight or contrast specific areas that may not show up very well with plain x-rays.
The most complex form of contrast radiology we do here is called a myelogram. A myelogram is where contrast is placed in the spinal canal and sits around the spinal cord. The material highlights the shape of the spinal cord and the spinal canal – we use this technique to diagnose disc problems in dogs and cats.
At Eltham Veterinary Practice we have recently installed a state of the art Digital Radiography system which ensures top quality xrays every time. We now offer Digital Dental X-rays as well.
Dr. Eden Clark
Eden is a Diamond Creek girl who knows and loves the Eltham area. Eden desired to become a vet from a very young age and spent much of her childhood caring for wildlife, including housing bees overnight in homemade enclosures and feeding them sugar syrup until they were recuperated! It was her strong compassion that drove her desire to become a veterinarian.
After 6 years of study, Eden graduated from the University of Melbourne with First Class Honours in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She has been lucky enough to spend the last 3 months travelling abroad through Central and South America with her partner before joining our team.