Digital Radiology (X-Ray) Suite - This is the valley’s first digital x-ray machine and it is one cool piece of equipment. X-rays, or radiographs taken on a digital machine do not need to be developed like traditional radiographs thus eliminating the need for a dark room and chemicals. Images are available immediately!!
One of the biggest advantages is that it is very easy on the patients. The films can be seen in 5 seconds while the dog or cat is on the x-ray table. Most studies can be done without sedation. It’s also easy on the people taking the x-rays!
The images themselves can be manipulated once they are taken, for example, areas can be lightened or darkened or magnified. Images can be stored on a CD disk or e-mailed to specialists or emergency hospitals. Owners love taking their pet’s radiographs home with them and showing them to friends or putting them up as a screensaver.
Nurses, doctors and technicians love using the machine as they don’t need to hide in a darkroom to develop films. It is much safer for all of us as there are no chemicals that need to be disposed of.
Pets love the machine too (they told us) as they don’t need to continually be taken on and off the table while waiting for films to be developed.
Dr. Sheldon sits in front of the digital radiology suite. Pet owners can watch through the glass as their pets are radiographed. Doctors and technicians use the small screen on the machine to see if images are acceptable before saving them to the database.
Lexie and Caroline taking 'radiographs'. Don't say 'x-rays' in front of your radiology instructor; x-rays are the electrons that come out of the machine, radiographs are the images!
This is a picture of Lexie comforting a patient in X-ray