State of the Art digital radiography has been available at Carlyle Vets for over 4 years and is an essential tool in maintaining the high standard of care and diagnostics for our patients..
With the benefit of our Senior Vets vast experience referral to costly referral practices is the exception NOT the rule at Carlyle Vets. We have an excellent, long standing relationship with both Massey University (Palmerston North) and the Veterinary Specialist Group in Auckland so when that extremely difficult case presents we are a phone call away from the top specialists in New Zealand.
For the Techies
Rather than taking a set of the traditional "x-rays" as a number of vets still do, we take a digital x-ray with images available within 6 seconds on a computer screen both in the x-ray room and in the workroom. The image can be edited afterwards to correct the brightness and contrast if necessary but this is seldom required as the software within the machine calculates the exposure factors when the body part and animal weight are entered.
Conventional radiography uses photographic film housed in a light proof case, which is then processed through a developer and fixer chemicals, then dried. This is a process subject to a variety of possible problems from malfunctions in the developing process to scratching and damage to the films. It also involves the veterinary radiographer choosing variables as expected are not always perfect the first time necessitating repeating the x-rays until an acceptable exposure is achieved. In addition, it takes up to 15 minutes to complete the process from taking the film to having a dry image ready for viewing. These films then need to be stored.
Digital radiography uses an x-ray machine to produce an electronic or digital image using a sensor much the same as in your digital camera. This image can then be saved onto a CD, or sent by email to a specialist for interpretation. The image can also be enhanced, rotated or cropped - all the same things you can do on your PC to a digital photograph!! Some more subtle changes can be very hard to see on a standard x-ray but when the image is enhanced using these techniques the area of interest is highlighted.