At Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospital in Columbia, we’re proud to be on the cutting edge of medical technology with our radiology services, with our Buttonwood clinic offering digital x-rays. It’s our goal to provide your pet with the highest level of medical care possible, and this is just one of the many ways we achieve that.
The use of radiology is safe and our staff is highly trained and has years of experience with the procedure. Many people think that x-rays may harm their pet due to the radiation, but this fear is unfounded. The amount of radiation we use is very small, and exposure is for a fraction of a second. To have damage from radiation, your pet would need to be exposed to high amounts for long periods of time.
You may think of bones when you think of x-rays, and indeed, we do use x-rays to detect broken or fractured bones. But we also do chest x-rays, abdominal x-rays and others. We may need to see whether your pet has a lung disorder, such as pneumonia, or has ingested something they shouldn’t have. The use of radiology helps our veterinarians detect and prevent illness.
Our veterinarians may want to take x-rays of the head and neck to look for tumors, obstructions or dislocated bones. Sometimes x-rays of the spine can be used to identify a slipped disk or other problems with the vertebrae if your pet is having back pain or trouble walking. We also offer diagnostic ultrasound at our Buttonwood location.