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Radiography and Orthopaedics:

Central Vets & Pets has invested in a state of the art digital imaging radiographic suite enabling the most precise x-rays to be generated for viewing both skeletal and soft tissue images of your pet. 

Radiographs are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.

Cruciate repairs in knee joints are routinely performed at Central Vets & Pets, with special procedures such as TPLO's performed to get your pet walking again.

What happens to my pet when it is booked in for radiographs?

Once a decision has been made that radiographs are necessary, it is a simple process for this diagnostic test to be performed. 

Patients being admitted for radiographs (x-rays) will need to be booked in for the day as in-patients.  Unlike humans, who can be told to stand or sit still, animals generally like to move around during the process making it difficult to get a good x-ray, therefore we ask that you with- hold all food from your pet on the day they are due to be radiographed as it is likely they will require some form of sedation.  

Once radiographs have been taken, you have an opportunity to view the images and discuss any further treatments that may be required with our in house veterinary surgeons.

Our aim at Central Vets & Pets is to provide excellent affordable veterinary care for your pets and also provide access to the most modern veterinary facilities available in New Zealand. 

We do not charge for second opinions, so if you are requiring orthopaedic work why don't you let the vets at Central Vets & Pets assess your problem and see if we can help you and your pet.  Again, we do affordable orthopaedics and can view x-rays taken by other clinics to provide a second opinion.

How are radiographs made?

Taking a radiograph is very similar to taking a photo, except we use x-rays instead of light rays. The usefulness of radiography as a diagnostic tool is based upon the ability of x-rays to penetrate matter.

Different tissues in the body absorb x-rays to differing degrees.

Of all the tissues in the body, bone absorbs the most x-rays. This is the reason that bone appears white on a radiograph. Soft tissues, such as lungs or organs, absorb some but not all of the x-rays, so soft tissues appear on a radiograph in different shades of grey and as air has no density it appears black, with all of the x-rays passing through it and exposing the plate behind.