Bear Branch Animal Hospital offers both dental and full body digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat sick or injured pets.
Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This allows for the highest-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet.
Digital images can be computer enhanced to increase detail allowing our veterinarians to see fine detail and subtle changes.
Benefits of Digital X-ray over Traditional Film
- Images are obtained much more quickly and with greater accuracy.
- Fewer retakes are required, resulting in less radiation exposure for both the patient as well as the staff.
- Images can be easily and quickly sent to other veterinarians, including board-certified veterinary radiologists, allowing us to get results in a matter of hours rather than days.
- Records can be stored electronically and are protected from damage or loss.
- The chemical processing step required to develop traditional film x-rays is eliminated, creating a huge reduction in chemical usage and hazardous waste.
- Digital x-ray allows us to provide superior care to our patients and supports our goal of progressive, high-quality medicine.
Digital Dental X-rays Help Us Assess Your Pet's Oral Health
At Bear Branch Animal Hospital, we always provide a comprehensive oral health assessment and treatment plan for pets when their teeth are cleaned. Digital dental x-rays with periodontal probing helps with our assessments. In fact, two thirds of our pets' teeth are under the gingiva (gums) and are not visible.
Digital dental radiographs allow assessment of:
- the teeth (fractures or internal disease)
- the surrounding soft tissues (periodontal disease, stomatitis, cysts, draining tracks, facial swellings, fistulas or tumors)
- the joints (TMJ or mandibular symphysis)
- the bone (jaw fractures)
X-rays allow us to find problems that need attention. Studies have shown that without dental x-rays, significant problems are missed in up to 75% of pets.
We always diagnose first before creating a treatment plan for each patient. Digital dental x-rays will help us do that by replacing a guess with a diagnosis, and allowing for the correct treatment to be optimally performed.