Radiography (x-ray) is one of the most valuable diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine, due to the inability of our pets to verbally communicate. For this reason, Gulf Coast Veterinary Hospital offers conventional radiography to the clients we serve in the Gulf Shores, Foley, and Orange Beach areas of Alabama.
A radiograph is a type of photograph that can look inside the body and reveal information that may not be discernible from the outside. Radiography can be used to evaluate almost any organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as the bones.
Radiography is painless, safe, and completely non-invasive, and it uses only very low doses of radiation. Because the level of radiation exposure needed to perform radiography is very low, even pregnant females and very young pets can undergo x-ray procedures. Radiographs can be used to evaluate bones as well as the size, shape, and position of many of the body’s organs. The size of organs is essential as some medical conditions—such as kidney, heart, or liver disease—can alter the size of these organs. The shape and position of organs can be changed or distorted by certain medical conditions, including intestinal blockage or cancer. Tumors, depending on their size and location, can also sometimes be detected using radiography. X-rays can also be used to diagnose bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, certain spinal cord diseases, and a variety of other conditions.
Radiography is an important tool that assists Dr. Brown at Gulf Coast Veterinary Hospital in making a correct diagnosis for your pet. Our radiography service is staffed by caring, skilled professionals who will provide state-of-the-art care with compassion and expertise to your precious pet.