Our x-ray facilities have to be housed in a special room to avoid the danger of exposing staff and other animals to excessive radiation. X-rays are often taken in conjunction with ultrasound scans to gain optimal information.
Some x-rays can be taken of conscious animals, but frequently sedation or a light anaesthetic is necessary. X-rays are taken using specialised plates and are then processed by a digital processor which gives very high quality images. The process is rapid, which minimises the length of anaesthesia. Digital images can be enlarged or adjusted to look for extra details, and can easily be forwarded to specialists if another opinion is advisable.