Valley Veterinary Hospital

437 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776

(860)355-3756

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Radiology

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Radiographs (x-rays) are the most common imaging modality used to diagnose disorders in companion animals.Digital radiography allows for easy dissemination of diagnostic information and reduced radiation exposure to patients.  We also refer to a board certified veterinary radiologist to confirm x-ray diagnoses.  

 

Xrays are often taken of the chest.   A chest (or thoracic) radiograph provides detailed imaging of the heart, lungs and surrounding stuctures (ribs, etc.) Veterinarians will order radiographs of the chest (or thorax) for an assortment of indications (fever, cough, heart murmur, recent trauma, rapid or difficulty breathing, to name a few).  

Bladder Stones

 

To obtain even more information from radiographs, we will occasionally add contrast medium (barium, iodine-based compounds, or air) to a radiographic study. To the right is an image of a dog's abdomen after oral administration of barium into the stomach and intestines.  Contrast studies are performed for an assortment of clinical presentations, including urinary stones (stones in the kidneys or bladder) and to highlight abnormal growths or areas of inflammation.

Urethral and urethral stent placements   

Another use of x-ray is the fluoroscopy. Fluoroscopy allows us to view anatomy in real-time for various conditions, including esophageal or gastrointestinal motility disorders. Another common indication is in the evaluation of dynamic collapse of the trachea.