Ultrasound and X-ray Services for Pets

Radiographs (X-rays) and ultrasounds are great diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine. Both tools provide a picture of your pet’s internal structure without having to perform open surgery. In order to interpret the results from X-rays and ultrasounds our veterinarians receive special training. With these machines our hospital can diagnose your furry friends onsite. To learn more about our ultrasound and X-ray services, please contact us at 613.433.3100.

What’s the difference between an ultrasound and X-ray?

Both ultrasounds and X-rays are used to determine the cause of health issues your pet may have. Ultrasound is primarily used to detect tumours, pregnancies, fluids and cysts. Radiographs are used to check for gallstones, arthritis and much more. From time to time our veterinarian may use both diagnostic tools to get a better picture of your pet’s internal organs.

How does ultrasound and X-ray work in pets?

X-rays use safe amounts of radiation to capture structures in the body. When the light passes through your pet’s body they are absorbed by bones and hard organs. The snapshot is taken when the light is absorbed.
Ultrasounds are used to provide pictures of soft tissues inside your pet’s body. The area that is going to be examined may be shaved to get a clearer image. Our veterinary technologist then applies gel to the shaved section. A transducer that is connected to a computer is waved over the area of interest. As the transducer is moved it emits sound waves which echo and create images shown on the computer screen.

Are X-rays safe for my pet?

Yes! The radiation that is used in digital radiography is much safer than when it was first introduced to veterinary medicine. Even after repeated exposure to radiation from X-rays it is unlikely that your pet will develop a condition.