Digital DR Radiology for Companion Animals

The Vet Centre utilises two digital DR systems, one in each clinic, to capture digital radiographic images. This system allows us to capture and analyse images  and choose appropriate treatment options immediately. Digital Imaging allows manipulation of the contrast of the image to allow more accurate diagnosis. We are able to magnify very specific areas of the image with no loss of quality. Digital images also allow us to quickly obtain consultation from Specialists who might be anywhere in the world, contactable by email transfer of the digital Xray image for advanced evaluation, and discussion on  treatments as necessary. We are also able to readily copy the images and supply to owners if requested.

Why Digital:

Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography. Traditional development of photographic Xray film requires chemicals which pose a health and safety concern to staff.

Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability; elimination of costly film processing steps; a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure; as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display of the image.

There are two types of digital systems used in Veterinary Practice. They are CR and DR. CR systems are older, involve more steps in the process, are slower and generally of lower quality.  They are better than film XRays, but not as good as DR systems.  DR Digital is almost instant, very high quality with no steps in the process from taking the Xray to having the image on your computer screen.  But to purchase they are much more expensive, with the sensor plate being the major component of that cost.

At the Vet Centre, we were so pleased with our first DR purchase, that we have since bought a second one for Motueka clinic.

In addition they are both very portable and are frequently used in the field for XRaying horses and occasionally other species.

Xray of a Turtle showing her eggs inside her