Radiography (or taking x-rays) helps our veterinarians evaluate the musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary structures (the heart and lungs), gastrointestinal organs, as well as reproductive and urinary systems. Radiographs (x-rays) help to assess the degree of a fracture, plan fracture repair, and monitor the healing process after orthopedic procedures have been performed. Radiographs may reveal abnormally shaped organs, or may identify foreign material within the digestive system of our patients. Another example of the use of radiography is the identification of stones in the urinary bladder. Most patients are cooperative when taking radiographs, others may need to be administered a small amount of a sedative. For certain radiographs, such as radiographs of the vertebral column (back bone) or head it is necessary for the patient to be anesthetized. These areas of the body are very challenging to evaluate, and if there is only the slightest amount of movement, minor changes may not be seen. Anesthesia helps to overcome such movements. Our technical staff is highly trained in providing our veterinarians with top quality radiographs, resulting in a high likelihood to diagnose your pet’s problem.