Will my dog experience pain during a diagnostic imaging session? - Animal Hospital of Statesville

That's a great question. The diagnostic imaging itself doesn't cause pain, but the positions they need to be in to get the best image might. For instance, if your pet comes in and it's limping or has a hurt paw, and we have to stretch that paw out to get an x-ray, that could be uncomfortable for them. An ultrasound is non-invasive, but they may have to be still for long enough to get the ultrasound and see the images. That's simply a probe on the touch of the skin. So it's not necessarily a painful procedure, but because of what they're getting imaged for, they might be in some pain.