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Digital Radiology

SCVG Radiology

As technology leads us into the future and improves our lives, diagnostic imaging is no exception. Digital radiology gives our doctors the ability to diagnose conditions almost on the spot. This allows us to treat conditions faster and more effectively.

Back in the day...

Years ago, a technician spent a considerable amount of time carefully positioning the X-ray machine and the pet to get just the right view of the area to be diagnosed. The X-ray films were then processed through a lab and sent back to our practices for viewing. A light box was necessary to view the films and we had only the naked eye to examine them. If perhaps the image was poor or blurry, we retook the X-rays and the whole process began again.


With today’s most current digital radiography, SCVG hospitals take X-ray images on advanced machinery for storage and display on a computer. There is no lag time and no waiting for films to process at a separate lab. This means if the exposure is poor or if Fluffy moved a little bit, we can see the flaws immediately, and retake the X-ray. We can also share the image digitally instead of sending large films out through the mail.

Like most digital images, our team can easily enhance the digital X-ray image on the computer. We can zoom in, or change the contrast and brightness for better viewing. Plus, digital X-ray technology creates a much clearer and detailed image than traditional X-rays.

What is Digital Radiology used for?

Our practices use digital radiology both for dental purposes, and for your pet’s whole body. Dental digital radiology allows us to view the internal anatomy of the teeth, including the roots and surrounding bone. In the rest of your pet’s body, digital X-rays can help us identify a fractured bone, or degeneration in a joint, as well as sometimes identify foreign objects inside your pet’s body. An added bonus to digital radiology is the fact that it emits less radiation than traditional radiology.

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