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Radiology: overview

Contributor(s): Sarah Freeman

Introduction

  • A basic understanding of the principles of radiology and radiography is essential.
  • Radiology is the study of the radiographic image (interpretation). It includes:
    • Normal radiographic anatomy and appearance.
    • Radiographic changes associated with different diseases.
  • Radiography is the study and practice of forming the radiographic image. It includes:
    • Physics of x-rays (properties, harmful effects).
    • Radiation safety.
    • Radiographic equipment (including the x-ray machine, screens, films, grids, development of image).
    • Radiographic technique.
  • This article will discuss evaluation of the radiograph, radiographic anatomy and standard nomenclature, radiographic reports, principles of radiographic interpretation and further diagnostic tests.
  • Radiology of specific regions is covered in under other links.

Evaluation

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Radiographic anatomy and standard nomenclature

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Radiographic reports

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Interpretation of the radiograph

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Radiology for specific anatomical regions

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Smallwood J, Shiveley M, Rendano V & Habel R (1985) A standard nomenclature for radiographic projections used in veterinary medicine. Vet Radiol 26, 2-9.

Other sources of information

  • Ross M W & Dyson S J (2003) Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse. Saunders, USA.
  • Thrall D E (2002) Textbook of Diagnostic Veterinary Radiology. Saunders, USA. 
  • Butler J A, Colles C M, Dyson S J, Kold S E & Poulos P W (2000) Clinical Radiology of the Horse. 2nd edn. Blackwell Science Ltd, UK.
  • Brinker, Piermatti & Flo (1990) Handbook of Small Animal Orthopaedics and Fracture Treatment. Saunders, USA.
  • Owens J M (1982) Radiographic Interpretation for the Small Animal Clinician. Ralston Purina, USA.


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