X-rays are a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves. X-ray imaging creates pictures of the inside of your cat’s body. The images show the parts of your cat’s body in different shades of black and white. Different tissues absorb different amounts of radiation. Bones absorb the most, so bones look white. Fat and other soft tissues absorb less and look grey. Air absorbs the least so that is why lungs look black.
Your cat may need an x-ray as part of your cat’s annual examination or as a way to diagnose broken bones, illness, or diseases that may be present in your cat.
- Common areas your vet may x-ray are the abdomen, chest, mouth and extremities of your cat.
- A chest x-ray is frequently used to diagnose asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, tumors, broken ribs, and heart disease.
- Abdominal x-rays are frequently used to diagnose kidney or bladder problems, urethral obstructions or gastrointestinal problems.
- If problems are discovered from the x-ray, additional tests may be required.
- Dental x-rays are used to diagnose conditions related to the teeth, gums, and other parts of the cat’s mouth. Dental x-rays can help diagnose problems like oral masses and periodontal disease.
Prices can vary depending on your veterinarian and the type of x-ray needed :
- X-rays of the chest or abdomen usually range from $100 – $250.
- Dental x-rays can range from $75 to $150 to x-ray all of your cat’s teeth.
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