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The Radiology Suite

I can see clearly now…

Broken legs, cracked ribs, dislocated shoulders or hip dysplasia troubles. Our pets so often seem to manage to get themselves into situations where they damage bones.

And that’s when radiology (x-ray) becomes vitally important in accurately diagnosing a problem.

We are all familiar with x-rays in medicine. Radiology for animals is much the same. Every vet practice has an x-ray facility but, these days, not all x-ray equipment is created equal. In recent years advances in computer technology have given us the digital x-ray — eliminating the familiar shadowy black and white film we used to squint at and replacing it with a much sharper image on a computer screen.

Equipping a veterinary hospital for digital radiography is expensive, the technology costing many times more than traditional chemical-based film processors. But there are also huge benefits for our patients and Alpine Animal Doctors made the switch to a digital system as soon as we felt the technology had matured enough to be clearly superior to film.

The hospital has a dedicated Radiology Suite equipped with an iCR3600 Computed Radiography medical imaging system, which we imported from the USA. The system allows us to obtain precisely targeted images of all parts of an animal’s body, and also gives us the ability to take specialised dental x-rays.

Digital radiology is only as good as the equipment used for viewing the image. Getting the maximum degree of detail in every image requires the use of medical grade monitors — LCD screens with resolutions orders of magnitude higher than the computer monitor you might have at home.

Using these high tech screens — and, sometimes, our Apple Mac monitors, which are even sharper — looking at our x-rays is almost like looking into the bone. That makes a difference; only by being able to see the maximum image detail can your vet be certain of correctly diagnosing a problem, and devising appropriate treatment.

Why are digital x-rays better than film?

There are a number of reasons but the main benefits are…

1. Speed. With digital imaging we no longer have to take an x-ray and then develop the film, a lengthy process. With a digital x-ray the image is instantly available for viewing. That means your pet is under anaesthetic for a shorter period.

2. Clarity. Old fashioned film x-rays can often be shadowy and less than clear, sometimes making diagnosis difficult. A digital image is generally many, many times sharper, and can be manipulated and rotated to better examine specific features.

3. Cost. Although the initial capital cost of the digital imaging equipment itself is much more expensive than film-based processing, eliminating the ongoing cost of chemicals and film actually makes digital x-rays a little cheaper for the client. And much more environmentally friendly.

Think of it like the digital camera you probably use at home. Back in the days of film you might limit the photos you took because of the cost of film and developing. With a digital camera you feel free to take as many pictures as you like. With digital x-rays we can do the same thing at no additional cost to you, taking as many views as we need to ensure we have sufficient data to make a diagnosis, a huge benefit for you and your pet.

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7047 Great Alpine Road
Porepunkah, VIC 3740
PO Box 393, Bright, VIC 3741
Phone: +61 03 5756 2444
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