How does a veterinarian decide which dog diagnostic imaging tool to use? - Animal Hospital of Statesville

Often, it depends on what we're looking for and what's going on with the pet. For instance, if it is limping on a leg, we would choose an x-ray over an ultrasound. If it has an upset stomach or is vomiting, we may want an ultrasound, which will show a little more detail in the abdomen than the big picture of an x-ray would. So it depends on what you need to find out, which kind of ties into the next question.