routinely used as a diagnostic tool. They
provide valuable information about animal’s
bones, gastrointestinal tract (stomach,
intestines, colon), respiratory tract (lungs),
heart and genitourinary system (bladder,
They can be used
alone or in conjunction with other diagnostic
tools to provide a list of possible causes for
an animal’s condition, to identify the exact
cause of a problem and/or to rule out possible
As an x-ray beam
passes through a patients body, the beams are
absorbed in different quantities by different
types of tissues.
radiographic film appear as various shades of
grey and reflect the anatomy of the animal.
Light areas such as bones absorb more x-rays
than darker areas such as the lungs.
Interpretation of radiographs requires great
skill on the part of the veterinarian.