Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Hindlimb: radiography

Contributor(s): Tim Donovan, Sarah Freeman, Jeffrey Watkins, Chris Whitton, Laura Quiney

Introduction

Radiography allows assessment of osseous and soft tissue structures of the hindlimb Tarsus: radiology Metacarpus / metatarsus: radiology.

Uses

  • Part of diagnostic work-up of lameness cases.
  • To monitor recovery from injury or progression of lesions.
  • As part of some pre-purchase evaluations.
  • Pre- and intra-operative evaluation of arthroscopy Joint: arthroscopy - overview and fracture fixation.
  • For the pelvis see Pelvis: radiography.

Advantages

  • Radiography is a readily available modality, relatively inexpensive and non-invasive.
  • Important imaging modality for identification of osseous and some soft tissue abnormalities.
  • Digital images can be shared easily for expert interpretation or opinion.
  • Can be used to aid surgical planning.

Disadvantages

  • Not 100% sensitive or specific for all osseous lesions.
  • Depends largely upon image quality and experience of interpreter. Influenced by operator, patient and equipment factors.
  • Potential for radiation exposure to operators and involved personnel.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Richard E & Alexander K (2007) Nonconventional radiographic projections in the equine orthopedic examination. Equine Vet Educ 19 (10), 551-559 VetMedResource.
  • Maulet B E B et al (2005) Radiographic anatomy of the soft tissue attachments of the equine stifle. Equine Vet J 37 (6), 530-535 PubMed.
  • Bjornsdottir S, Ekman S, Eksell P & Lord P (2004) High detail radiography and histology of the centrodistal tarsal joint of Icelandic horses age 6 months to 6 years. Equine Vet J 36 (1), 5-11PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Butler J, Colles C, Dyson S, Kold S & Poulos P (1993) Clinical Radiology of the Horse. Blackwell Scientific Publications, UK.
  • Dik K J & Gunsser I (1988) Atlas of Diagnostic Radiology of the Horse. Wolfe Publishing Ltd, UK.


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