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Thoracic radiography

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Contributor(s):

Sonya Miles

Agata Witkowska


Introduction

  • To provide information on thoracic anatomy and potential pathology for both skeletal and soft tissue structures.
  • Thoracic radiography is indicated when a patient demonstrates:
    • Dyspnea.
    • Forced expiratory breathing.
    • Paradoxical respiratory movements.
    • Nasal discharge Nasal discharge, eg bloody-foamy, slight nasal discharge with general malaise.
    • Muffled heart sounds.
    • Non-specific respiratory sounds.
    • Heart murmur.
    • Suspected thoracic effusion.
    • Gut sounds in the thorax.
    • Bilateral exophthalmos.
    • Suspected metastasis.

Uses

Advantages

  • Quick.
  • Simple to use.
  • Standard equipment in most veterinary practices, therefore likely to be readily available.
  • Relatively inexpensive.
  • Requires minimal clinical experience.

Disadvantages

  • 2D images only.
  • Likely to miss minute detail in comparison to CT scanning.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Baker M (2014) An introduction to radiation protection in veterinary radiography. Vet Nurse 5 (9), 4-9.

Other sources of information

  • Krautwald-Junghannsm M E, Pees M, Reese S & Tully T (2009) Diagnostic Imaging of Exotic Pets. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Germany. pp 143-299.

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