DR X-Ray – exclusive to London Road Vets

Here at London Road Vets, we have the only Digital Radiography (DR) system in the area. Most vets (and human hospitals) have Computed Radiography (CR).

Our images are instantaneously displayed on a screen.  Other systems require a cassette to capture the image and this cassette to then be inserted into a machine able to read and project the image.

We can take 50 views in the time it takes a CR system to take 2, all without having to move the patient.

Patients in pain can be made comfortable on the table and not pushed and pulled about.

It is extremely simple to take an X-ray of an operation half way through the procedure to check the position of pins, plates, screws, etc.

We can adjust exposures and views with a few buttons and take a second exposure within minutes.

Since it is so simple to take radiographs, we can take multiple exposures of one view an discard all but the best at no extra cost.

The quality of the radiographs is superior to any we have seen in the area.


It is not always easy to see what is going on inside the body and so we may suggest an x-ray for your pet to help determine what is wrong. X-rays can be helpful in identifying the sizes of organs and if there is gas present and also we may see some foreign objects such as if your pet has swallowed a stone or eaten part of a bone.

We rely on the pets being perfectly still to get good radiographs. The best way is usually a general anaesthetic or a deep sedation as we are not allowed by law to expose any of our staff or owners to radiation.

As we have a state of the art digital processor it allows very rapid development of the radiographs and less time for pets to be under general anaesthetic. These radiographs can be easily stored for any future reference as they are stored digitally.

X-rays are very useful to see broken bones, arthritis, enlarged hearts, and some of the abdominal organs. Once we know the organs involved we will often do further tests such as ultrasound, endoscopy or histopathology to diagnose the cause of the disease.

If we take x-rays of your pet we will always try to show you on the radiograph what is going on. You will be free to ask any questions and we will do our best to help you understand your pet’s condition.