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G. Radiology & Ultrasound | Columbia Animal Hospital

Radiology & Ultrasound

Radiographs (x-rays) are used in a variety of cases. They are vital in detecting changes in bone, visualizing and locating foreign material such as swallowed toys, chew bone fragments, bladder or kidney stones, or objects such as safety pins. In other words traditional x-rays are wonderful in showing hard dense objects in the body.

Ultrasound allows the doctor to visualize soft tissue such as the heart, liver, spleen and kidneys in a two dimensional view. It assists the doctor in diagnosing abnormal organ changes, heart disease and can visualize soft tissue that x-rays can’t.

In both cases, your pet will need to be admitted for the day since both radiographs and ultrasound require the pet to stay motionless during the procedure. While some patients seem to be capable of doing this, the majority of patients will need to be sedated and remain in the hospital until the sedation has worn off.