Radiology is an important part of the diagnostic process. Radiographs (x-rays) are taken of patients ranging in size from a few ounces to 200 pounds. Radiology equipment must be capable of providing detail on the smallest of patients and yet powerful enough to penetrate the largest ones. The Radiology area contains a powerful x-ray machine. Safety equipment for the staff includes lead aprons, gloves and thyroid shields and radiation dosimetry badges to monitor radiation exposure levels.
The darkroom is where the exposed radiographic film is developed. An automatic processor develops x-ray films up to 14"x17" in about 2 minutes.
Developed radiographs (x-rays) are read by the doctors to aid in the diagnosis of the pet's illness. Radiographs are then reviewed by board certified radiologists Larry Kerr, D.V. M. and Mark Lee, D.V.M.