Radiographic Contrast

Radiographic contrast is both a property of radiography (also known as X-rays) and a type of diagnostic study. Radiography is useful for diagnostics because of the levels of contrast between differing types of tissues in an animal. To help in improving radiographic contrast, substances such as barium are introduced.

Radiographic Contrast Studies

The second definition is the type of service that Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals (MECA) provides to veterinarians in the diagnosis of unusual or challenging cases. Veterinarians are invited to use our DVM Client Referral form for referring patients.


It is often difficult to diagnose animals with internal injuries, or with illnesses that aren’t readily apparent. This is one reason that radiography, or X-rays, are such an important item in our diagnostic toolkit.

There are several types of radiographic services provided by our “ER for animals.” They include but aren’t limited to barium radiographs, used for examining the digestive and elimination systems of an animal, and radiographic contrast studies.

These are often provided to referring veterinarians. If you are a vet, and would like to discuss a case, please use our Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals Client Referral Form.