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In radiology, digital radiography is the term used to describe X-ray procedures in which the images are digitized either directly or via an imaging plate. The big difference to the classical X-ray film is the improved possibility of post-processing, the integration into the workflow of a veterinary practice or clinic and the usually lower radiation exposure.
Like conventional X-ray images, digital X-ray images are based on the projection of X-ray radiation from an X-ray tube. The images are obtained either by an electronic detector or by subsequent scanning of an X-ray storage film. After the image has been taken, various possibilities of digital image processing are available.
Digital X-ray has great advantages in the process. In the past, you had to develop the X-ray image after the exposure. With digital radiology, the images are immediately available on every PC in the system, and in contrast to the normal X-ray image, they are also available several times. The images can be digitally post-processed at the workstation, thus saving repeat images. Also no more X-ray images can be lost. No more chemicals are needed for film development. A further advantage is the minimal space required for storing the X-ray images, which have to be archived for ten years. In addition, the material costs are sometimes lower, since a film is not required for each image.
We operate a digital X-ray unit in the form of a fixed detector system, where the image file is generated and sent to the diagnostic station in a similar way to a digital camera.
The most common type of x-rays are of the thoracic and abdominal cavity. In the event of changes, they give rise to further examinations such as ultrasound, endoscopy or laboratory diagnostics. Common findings in the thoracic cavity are heart enlargements, lung shadows, circumferential increases and fluid accumulations. X-rays of the abdominal cavity show organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, prostate etc. If the size of these organs increases, an ultrasound examination is often necessary afterwards to show the internal structure of the organs. By means of so-called contrast passages, foreign bodies or other causes of occlusion in the stomach or intestinal tract can be detected. In orthopaedics, X-rays are the central diagnostic tool for practically all problems. They are used to detect fractures, joint arthroses or bone tumours etc.
We work with a modern and high-resolution MyLab 70, with which heart ultrasound examinations are also possible.
By means of our in-house laboratory, same-day results are also possible depending on the urgency. For this purpose we have various devices from Idexx.