Thoracic radiography is a time-honored diagnostic tool, predating the echocardiogram. Radiographs provide an overall impression of cardiac size and shape, and most importantly, allow for evaluation of the lungs. The echocardiogram has widely replaced radiographs for evaluation of cardiac size and shape. However, radiographs are still the primary way to evaluate the lungs, as the air within the lungs will interfere with the ultrasound, but not hamper radiography.
- Are done to look for problems with the pets’ lungs
- Will give an outline of the heart’s shape
- Helps check for reasons that dogs or cats are coughing
- May be done with CVCA or with your primary care vet