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Radiographs, or x-ray studies, use x-rays to create an image of the body. This is the most frequently used form of veterinary imaging. Images are produced by passing x-ray energy through the body. The energy that reaches the other side is detected by a plate and converted into an electronic signal. This information is sent to a computer to create a visible image. Digital radiography does not use film, so it is faster to obtain the images and also makes it easy to share images with other veterinarians. Radiographs are used to diagnose disease in the chest, abdomen, and musculoskeletal system. Contrast studies of the gastrointestinal and urinary tract may also be performed.

Diagnostic Imaging & Radiology

Sometimes we are unable to determine from a physical examination what may be troubling your pet. This can be frustrating to you and uncomfortable for your pet. When this happens, VCA Capital Area Veterinary Emergency and Specialty uses state-of-the-art noninvasive imaging practices to help diagnose many pet illnesses and injuries. Our specialists work with off site radiologists to correlate diagnostic imaging findings with other examinations and tests to help in the diagnosis of many disease conditions. We are committed to providing optimal care to our patients using state of the art veterinary diagnostic imaging. We can provide outpatient imaging services for veterinarians through our emergency department.

We've partnered with Dr. Jessica Morgan and Mobile Veterinary Imaging for our outpatient Ultrasound services. Please click here to refer a patient to her.

Dr. Rosentein works as our in-house Radiologist and is also available for Radiograph consults and outpatient ultrasounds. Please click here to refer a patient to her.

Our specialists work with board certified radiologists available through telemedicine. A board-certified radiologist reads all radiographs taken at no extra charge to you.

Our Diagnostic Imaging & Radiology Services

Abdominal Ultrasonography-Abdominocentesis and Cystocentesis
Digital Radiography
Thoracic Ultrasonography & Thoracocentesis
Ultrasonography

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