Is Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Necessary?

Veterinary diagnostic imaging is a diagnostic tool that is used to collect important information about a dog’s health. It includes radiographs or x-rays, MRIs, ultrasound, and CT scans. Most imaging procedures are non-invasive and do not cause any amount of pain. However, some procedures may require a dog to be sedated or placed under general anesthesia to keep him still so adequate and readable images can be produced. The results of these procedures will be used by veterinarians to collect and assess vital information about the patient, as well as help them formulate a medical and/or surgical plan. 

A particular diagnostic imaging technique may be deemed necessary in specific cases. Radiographic tests (x-rays) are usually the first imaging technique that is recommended. The results of the x-ray can help determine if there is a need for more procedures or not. If the results warrant a more specific or thorough examination of a particular part of the body, an ultrasound may be performed. 

If your pet needs to undergo a diagnostic imaging procedure, do check with your veterinarian Leonardtown, MD if you have any questions and/or concerns about the process. 


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