Veterinary Radiology

Veterinary radiology is a non-invasive and essential diagnostic tool that uses various body medical images to diagnose an injury or disease. A veterinary radiologist is in charge of taking and interpreting medical images for animals, birds, and reptiles. 


They interpret images from X-rays, ultrasounds, nuclear scintigraphy, magnetic resonance, and computed tomography. Radiography is important to a pet’s health because the diagnosis helps determine the accurate treatment approach. You need to work with a skilled and board-certified vet radiologist for accurate diagnosis and treatment. 

In Lake Charles, LA, you can get vet radiology services from Bayou South Animal Hospital. We offer both cares to animals and educate their owners on how to keep them healthy and happy. 

What Are the Radiology Imaging Tools?

These are tools that help create different images from different parts of the body. They include:

1. X-ray or Digital Radiography

Digital radiography takes x-ray images and displays them on a computer screen. Digital imaging improves efficiency and ease of access to the images. Radiologists use it to evaluate the abdomen, thorax or chest, and legs. It also facilitates various advanced contrast procedures like gastrointestinal contrast. 

It takes about an hour to get images, review them, and present a diagnosis. 

2. Fluoroscopy

A fluoroscopy is a diagnostic tool for animals with swallowing or breathing difficulties. It presents a continuous x-ray image of the body organs in motion. Such organs include the heart, lungs, or trachea. 

Fluoroscopy helps to diagnose:

  • Tracheal collapse
  • Abnormal blood flow
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Difficulty swallowing

3. Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography or ultrasound is an imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to display an image. It helps the radiologist to view organs like the liver, the heart, the kidneys, vessels, tendons, intestines, and more. 

The diagnostic tool has the following imaging options:

  • Thoracic
  • Abdominal
  • Non-cardiac
  • Ocular
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cervical (parathyroid, thyroid, lymph nodes, and salivary glands)

Ultrasonography also features services like biopsy procedures and ultrasound-guided aspiration.  

4. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI is an imaging technique that uses radiofrequency pulses, and a high-strength magnetic field, to produce images of internal body structures. Such structures include organs, bones, soft-tissues, and more. MRI displays highly detailed images on a computer screen for radiologists to interpret or print. It helps diagnose conditions and diseases like:

  • Cancer
  • Neurological diseases
  • Tumors
  • Musculoskeletal abnormalities like infections, muscle or ligament tear, and more

5. Computed Tomography (CT)

A CT scan uses a three-dimensional X-ray Machine to create highly detailed cross-sectional images of your pet’s internal organs. Radiologists can examine the head, thorax, abdomen, musculoskeletal systems, and spine. 

Vet Radiology Services in Lake Charles, LA

In Lake Charles, LA, you can get vet radiology services from Bayou South Animal Hospital. We also offer other vet care services including boarding, diagnostics, grooming, laser therapy, pet dental care, and vaccinations. 

Contact us at (337)480-1500 to enquire about any of the services or schedule a veterinarian visit for your pet.


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