Chest Radiographs for Cats & Dogs in Durham, NC at Colony Park Animal Hospital

At Colony Park Animal Hospital, our veterinarians have extensive experience in chest radiography in Durham, NC. When you bring in your cat or dog for a chest radiograph, it will allow our veterinarian to see your pet’s tissues, organs and bones that lie within their chest cavity. Our Durham veterinarians recommend that you bring in your pet for a chest X-ray if they have:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Been hit by a car or suffered other major trauma
  • A genetic history of heart disease, lung disease or cancer

Abnormalities That Chest X-Rays Can Detect In Your Pet

Chest radiographs can detect changes in your pet’s organs, whether it be the shape, size or position. If your pet is healthy, the chest X-ray will reflect normal lungs, heart and blood vessels. Some abnormalities that may appear on a veterinary chest X-ray include:
  • Fluid in the pleural cavity (pleural effusion)
  • Fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema)
  • Heart enlargement
  • Air in the chest cavity (pneumothorax)
  • Tumors or fractures
How are our Durham chest radiographs performed? During this procedure, a pet’s chest is measured with a ruler and the exposure time of the X-ray machine is set. The pet is then placed on his side, and invisible X-rays pass through the animal and onto the film they are lying on. The film will then be developed. This is a noninvasive procedure, and your pet will experience no pain from it. and no pain is involved. Suspect your pet may need a chest radiograph? Contact Colony Park Animal Hospital today at (919) 489-9156 and set up an appointment. The veterinarians at Colony Park Animal Hospital are proud to offer chest radiographs for cats and dogs in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Cary, Raleigh, Apex, NC and beyond.