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Can I have my pet’s xrays?

Legally, the radiographic images we produce belong to us, and we are required to store them for seven years. When we were using film, this meant we could not give the xrays to our patients’ owners, unless this was required for the purposes of referral. Now that we are using digital technology, we are able to make a copy of them for a small fee on request.

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How does digital or computed radiography work?

Most people are familiar with how traditional radiography works. Xrays are passed through a patient and hit a xray plate or cassette which is sitting on the other side of the body part being imaged. Inside the cassette is a thin film, that will store different shades of grey depending on how many xrays were blocked and how many passed through the body part.
With our setup, we still produce our images using a cassette, but instead of containing a sheet of film, this cassette now has a digital sensor which creates the image.
After we have taken the xray,  we insert this cassette into an image reader, which functions much the same as a computer scanner. A computer image is then produced by a computer. In our clinic the image is sent to a special computer called a PACS.
Finally, in a different room in the hospital, we retrieve the images across the network and view the radiographs on high quality computer monitors.