X-rays and ultrasounds are viewed in a special blackened out room. Both x-rays and ultrasound allow us to visualise the internal structures of the body. They work in different ways with both preferring different tissues. For example, an x-ray of the chest will give us good imagery of the appearance of the lungs and the size of the heart. However, ultrasound cannot image the lungs as they have air in them but is extremely useful to image the internal structure and workings of the heart. Along with Doppler modality of the ultrasound, measurements can be taken to determine the cause of any heart defect and therefore the optimal treatment can be given.
We also routinely perform BVA hip and elbow scoring x-rays, which can be performed under sedation whilst you wait for your dog.