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What Is Veterinary Radiology?

Veterinary radiology uses various diagnostic imaging technologies, like x-rays, to create images of the inside of your pet's body. Your vet may x-ray your pet to help diagnose various health problems such as bone fractures, respiratory diseases, gallbladder stones, and arthritis. Dental radiology is also helpful in pet dentistry, allowing veterinarians to better understand what is happening under the gums.

Why Would My Pet Need Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging?

Veterinary radiology can look at your pet's bones for fractures and signs of arthritis and examine the chest cavity for respiratory diseases like pneumonia or detect an enlarged heart. Depending on location, radiology services may be provided in the comfort of your home or in one of BetterVet’s vet-equipped vehicles.

Our Process

Based on location, our veterinary doctors may provide diagnostic imaging exams in the comfort of your own home or our medically-equipped vehicles. X-rays are pain-free and non-invasive, medications may be prescribed beforehand to keep them calm and relaxed during the procedure. In some cases, images may require a consultation with a board-certified radiologist for interpretation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does pet insurance cover veterinary imaging for pets?
Depending on your pet insurance plan, some companies may cover the cost of pet x-rays.
How much does a radiology exam cost for pets?
The cost of a pet radiology exam will vary depending on the veterinary practice you choose. If your BetterVet doctor recommends pet x-rays during your appointment, they can give you an estimate of the cost.
What happens during a veterinary diagnostic appointment?
During a veterinary diagnostic imaging examination, your pet will be placed on a table or held by a technician while the imaging equipment takes pictures. The process is generally painless and non-invasive, although sedation may be needed for some pets.
What happens after a veterinary diagnostic appointment?
After a veterinary diagnostic appointment, your veterinarian or pet radiologist will review and interpret the results and recommend further treatments or testing.
How long does a diagnostic examination for a pet take?
Your veterinarian can estimate how long the exam will take for your pet, but x-rays usually only take a few minutes.
How do you book an appointment for veterinary diagnostic imaging?
You can book a home-visit appointment through our website or mobile app. A veterinarian may recommend x-rays for your pet based on visual examination during a Wellness, Sick, or the symptoms you describe during a Virtual Vet Visit.

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