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.