Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Spine: radiography

Contributor(s): Tim Donovan, Caroline Hahn, Vetstream Ltd, Chris Whitton

Introduction

Radiography allows assessment of both osseous and soft tissue structures of the spine   Radiography: overview  .

  • Radiography of the cervical spine is easier than radiography of the thoracolumbar spine mainly due to the lack of body mass. The basic radiographic principles apply to both.
  • See Spine: radiology   Spine: radiology  for interpretation.

Uses

Cervical spine

Thoracolumbar spine

Advantages

  • Non-invasive investigative technique.
  • Does not require general anesthesia.

Disadvantages

  • Cannot evaluate soft tissue structures.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Sinding M F & Berg L C (2010) Distances between thoracic spinous processes in Warmblood foals: A radiographic study. Equine Vet J 42 (6), 500-503 PubMed.
  • Down S S & Henson F M D (2009) Radiographic retrospective study of the caudal cervical articular process joints in the horse. Equine Vet J 41 (6), 518-524 PubMed.
  • Withers J M (2009) Radiographic anatomy of the articular process joints of the caudal cervical vertebrae in the horse on lateral and oblique projections. Equine Vet J 41 (9), 895-902 PubMed.
  • Weaver M P, Hagen R & Hahn C N (2007) Radiography of the cervical vertebrae. Equine Vet Educ 19 (9), 458-459 VetMedResource.
  • Young L (2007) Equine aortic valve regurgitation: A disease worthy of further consideration. Equine Vet Educ 19 (9), 469-470 VetMedResource.
  • Hudson N P H & Mayhew I G (2005) Radiographic and myelographic assessment of the equine cervical vertebral column and spinal cord. Equine Vet Educ 17 (1), 34-38 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • Butler J A, Colles C M, Dyson S J, Kold S V & Poulos P W (1993)Clinical Radiology of the Horse.Oxford, Blackwell Scientific Publications. ISBN 0-632-03271-5.


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