Fish X-Rays

If you missed our Facebook page post, here is something fun in the world of fish: x-rays! We had a fish with a buoyancy disorder that required some x-rays, otherwise known as radiographs, to figure out where the air was hiding. We were able to work with the fabulous staff of Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos, CA and bring our patient in for a peek inside!

Courtesy of Dr. Jessie Sanders and M. Snyder
Courtesy of Dr. Jessie Sanders and M. Snyder

Here you can see our patient sitting in his bath before the radiographs. He had a few weeks history of lying on the bottom of his tank and sometimes sitting upside-down.

Courtesy of Dr. Jessie Sanders and M. Snyder
Courtesy of Dr. Jessie Sanders and M. Snyder

In order to take a radiograph “underwater,” we first sedated our fishy patient. Once he was sleepy enough, we placed him and some of the water containing the anesthetic in a plastic bag. Here you can see Wayne getting him set up right under the x-ray beam.

Courtesy of Dr. Jessie Sanders and M. Snyder
Courtesy of Dr. Jessie Sanders and M. Snyder

Here we are all ready to take the picture! Unfortunately, our patient didn’t make it much longer after the radiographs were taken. We suspect he had polycystic kidney disease, which is seen in goldfish and there is no treatment. If you have any more questions about this case or aquatic radiographs, please e-mail ncfishvet@gmail.com.

 

 

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