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Digital Radiography


The EMC utilizes state-of-the-art radiograph equipment to rapidly and efficiently capture extremely useful diagnostic images.

The Equine Medical Center utilizes the highest quality digital radiography equipment available.

Exquisitely sharp images are instantly available for viewing and help our faculty specialists diagnose fractured bones, examine tooth roots, and sometimes guide surgical repair.

We routinely use digital radiography in lameness evaluations, medical work-ups, and pre-purchase exams.

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Our expertise

  • With state-of-the-art digital radiography equipment, our experienced specialists can rapidly and efficiently capture extremely useful diagnostic images.
  • We regularly perform quality assurance to maintain a standard of excellence. Our Imaging Department monitors the number of "takes" required by our technicians to complete a requested shot. With intensive training and regular upkeep of our equipment, our highly skilled technicians regularly get the right shot on the first take.

Advances in radiography

Until fairly recently, radiographs were taken using film cassettes and required lengthy and intricate processing, in addition to occasionally providing images of somewhat dubious quality.

Over the last decade, a transition has been occurring away from film-based radiographs and toward computed (CR) and digital radiography (DR). Beginning in 2002, portable digital radiography units became available for equine practitioners. With technology similar to digital cameras, it was now possible to take radiographs without film, and the resulting images were instantly available for viewing.

This new technology allowed more rapid and efficient acquisition of radiographic studies, while yielding higher quality images. These new images are also capable of exposure manipulation via computer, without re-exposing personnel and patients to further radiation to acquire new images.

Appointments for Digital Radiography

  • Digital radiographs are performed by appointment and results are evaluated by EMC faculty.
  • For an appointment or for more information, call 703-771-6800 or email
  • View the Client Care Packet (PDF) to learn more about the facilities, services, staffing, and policies at the EMC.