Learn the Differences between Human and Animal X-Rays

Many people call medical facilities every year and ask if animal X-rays can be done at the medical facility. This brings up the common question of whether there is a difference between the X-rays used on animals and human X-rays. In short, the technology is the same. However, the settings used on the machines differ. There is also a difference in accessibility and reading of X-rays.

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X-ray machines have different kilovoltage settings. A higher kV number produces more beams for penetrating the target, which is the animal or human depending on the setting. In addition to the higher kV penetration, there is a decrease in tissue absorption. This is what creates a clearer final image. A higher kV setting is used for thicker animals or for regions of humans and animals where tissue is denser. Small number changes can make a big difference in the visual appearance of the final product. Vets must be familiar with tissue density of many types of animals to ensure accurate readings.

Reading X-Rays For Humans And Animals

While the anatomy of animals and humans is somewhat similar in the respect that they both have skeletons, radiologists and medical doctors are trained to read human X-rays and are familiar with human conditions. Veterinarians are trained to read several types of X-rays for animals and are familiar with the complexities and the wide variety of issues those animals may experience. With that being said, it is not possible to have pet X-rays done at a human hospital and vice versa.