Ultrasonography and radiography are the two most popular imaging modalities in veterinary medicine, and each has its pros and cons. In some cases, both ultrasound and radiography are used to evaluate a patient; they should be considered complimentary imaging modalities.
Radiographs provide a snapshot of large areas of an animal’s body. Digital Radiography (DR) offers superior images of bones, the lungs, and gas-filled organs such as the gastrointestinal tract.
Ultrasound enables veterinarians to evaluate the detailed internal architecture of organs. When diagnosing conditions related to the heart, soft tissues, fluid build-up, and parenchymal disease of organs, ultrasonography is far more useful and accurate than radiography.
So what are the four conditions that are more accurately diagnosed using ultrasound vs. DR?
• Detection of Abnormal Fluid Accumulation
• Abnormal Abdominal Organs
• Heart Disease
• Soft Tissues of the Musculoskeletal System