Radiology - What happens on the day xrays are taken?

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What happens to my pet when it is booked in for xrays?

Most of our patients are booked in and admitted into the day hospital when xrays are needed as part of a diagnostic plan.

We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as it will most likely be sedated, to make it calm and relaxed, and in many cases a general anaesthetic may be required.
Please bring your printed estimation with you. You will receive another copy at admission.

Once the xrays have been performed you will receive a call from the veterinarian who performed them, to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan, or any further diagnostic tests that may be required.

It is critically important that we have a contact phone number for you for the day, as no decisions regarding treatment for your pet can be made without consulting you.

As there are often several patients requiring xrays on the day, we will usually work through all the patients first, before contacting owners, so that they are all recovering from the effects of sedation or anaesthesia as soon as possible. This way, we can keep to a minimum the hospitalisation time required for all our patients. Communication with owners may not be until early afternoon. Patients who are having procedures such as surgery after their xrays will be given priority, so that the Surgery or Medical teams can take over as soon as possible.