Digital X-Ray & Ultrasound: Cutting-Edge Veterinary Diagnostics

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Physical examinations provide our veterinary team with an exterior view of your pet. Digital x-rays and ultrasound are two diagnostic tools that provide Centreville Animal Hospital team with two and three-dimensional images of your pet’s internal organs and skeletal structure. These safe and painless diagnostic tools are useful in detecting many medical conditions.

Digital X-Rays

While very similar to the traditional x-rays we are all use to, digital x-rays provide many benefits over their predecessors. Produced at a higher resolution, the image provided to the veterinarian is much clearer than before and specific areas can be enlarged for closer examination. If needed, digital x-rays can also be emailed to a specialist for immediate consultation, eliminating long wait times.

Digital X-rays are generally used when confirming conditions such as a bone fracture, hip dysplasia, arthritis; examining lungs, heart, kidneys and intestines for irregularities; or locating a foreign object or tumor. For these situations, the x-ray is usually done without the use of anesthesia unless the pet is extremely anxious.

Digital x-rays can also be used during dental cleanings, to assist the veterinary team in identifying issues below your pets gum line such as fractures or bone loss. While the x-ray itself does not require anesthesia, your pet would be under general anesthesia for the dental procedure.


Centreville Animal Hospital’s brand new ultrasound machine provides our veterinary team with the capability to diagnose abdominal and thoracic disease faster and easier than ever before. This invaluable diagnostic tool is used daily to assess a range of medical conditions ranging from liver disease to chest masses.

A common use of ultrasound in our profession is for the collection of urine samples that are sterile, meaning that tissues have not contaminated the urine as it exits the body. This is the best way to find urinary tract infections in pets. At that same time, ultrasound can be used to scan the bladder and urinary tract for bladder stones or bladder tumors, conditions that can lead to painful infections.

In a sick patient emergency, ultrasound is commonly used to evaluate the abdomen and chest for free fluid. Free fluid in the abdomen or chest can indicate a ruptured organ (especially in patients hit by cars), cancer, or heart disease.

Contact us today for more information about either of these diagnostic procedures.