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Pet Radiology FAQs

Fort Mill Animal Hospital and Dr. Cory Ellis are pleased to provide or recommend pet radiology services to pet owners in the Fort Mill, SC, area. Radiology allows our veterinarian to scan the internal organs of your pet, which can help diagnose your pet and inform future treatment decisions. Here are some common questions we receive about radiology and how it can benefit your pet.


Why Should My Pet Be Scanned?

Radiologic scans are an excellent way of getting an idea of what’s going on inside your pet’s body without invasive surgery. These scans can help monitor and diagnose many different conditions including organ inflammation, digestive system obstructions, cancer growth, and more.

What Kind of Scan Should I Expect?

“Radiology” encompasses a wide variety of scanning options, include X-Rays, CT scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasounds, and nuclear medicine. A common option for many pets is ultrasound, which creates a map of your pet’s internal organs using sound waves that pass through your pet’s body. Our veterinarian will tell you what kind of scan is appropriate for your pet. If necessary, they will refer you to an outside specialist.

Is My Pet in Any Danger From the Scan?

No. Scans are designed to be safe and quick, and your pet is not in any danger. Some types of scans require careful positioning, in which case your vet may need to sedate your pet to get an accurate reading. Other scans may require an injection of a radiographic dye, which is not harmful to your pet. Your pet will be carefully monitored during the scan.

How Long Does the Process Take?

Depending on scheduling and your pet’s health, the scan may be done in a single day. In some cases, it may be a better idea to leave your pet overnight.

How Long Does It Take for the Results to Come In?

Results, and any included images, are generally available the day after the scan. After the scan, our veterinarian will explain what the scan found out. Depending on the type of scan, you might only have to wait a few hours for the results.

Schedule a Radiology Appointment

Radiology is a powerful tool in determining the root causes of pet health issues. Once the problem is understood, our veterinarian can decide on the right course of action to help your pet. Dr. Cory Ellis has been serving the Fort Mill, Rock Hill, and Tega Cay, SC, area for years, and he has the experience to get your pet the treatment it needs. For any more questions about scans or veterinarian radiology, contact Fort Mill Animal Hospital at (803) 547-2014, or book an appointment online today.

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