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. Chest radiographs may be taken determine if an animal is in congestive heart failure (i.e. if there is fluid accumulating in or around the lungs secondary to poor cardiac function). Digital Radiography is all of our locations. If follow up radiographs are needed to evaluate your pet, they can be performed by your local veterinarian.