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Radiographs (x-rays) are a common, long-used, non-invasive imaging technique used to identify many types of illness or injury; Civic Feline Clinic is equipped with a contemporary digital radiography unit to offer these services promptly as needed.

Female doctor holding cat on table
Female doctor holding cat on table


A common and valuable diagnostic tool, x-rays are a non-invasive technique to evaluate areas of the body with contrasting tissue densities.

Why would my cat require x-rays?

If your cat is sick or has suffered trauma, x-rays provide a non-invasive tool for diagnosing or ruling out medical problems. We may also use radiographs as a screening tool as part of a general wellness exam, particularly in senior patients.

What do x-rays show?

X-rays can be used to detect a variety of ailments in cats including arthritis or other conditions of the joints and bones, tumors, bladder and kidney stones, and lung abnormalities such as pneumonia or asthma.  They can also assist in the assessment of the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, urogenital system, organ integrity and foreign bodies.

Dental radiographs provide a very refined look at the teeth and surrounding tissues and help identify teeth that may require treatment or extraction.

In many cases radiographs can be performed without sedation or anesthesia.  For uncooperative or painful patients, medications may be necessary to obtain diagnostic-quality images.