Lapis ISSN 2398-2969

Radiography: elbow

Contributor(s): Fraser McConnell, David Perpinan

Introduction

  • A high definition film-screen combination is required.
  • A grid is not required (a table top technique should be used).
  • kV should not exceed about 50.
  • Soft tissues should be included.
  • A radiograph including both limbs is useful for comparison.
  • General anesthesia or heavy sedation is generally required.
  • The film should be correctly exposed and developed, and free from movement blur and artifact.
  • The anatomical marker must be clearly visible, along with the patient's identification, the date, and the name of the hospital or practice.
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Uses

  • An important diagnostic aid in determining the cause of lameness arising from the elbow.
  • Fracture Limb fracture.
  • Dislocation .
  • Arthritis/arthrosis.
  • Joint effusion with other causes.
  • Investigation of soft tissue injury.
  • Neoplasia, but unusual site.

Advantages

  • Non-invasive.
  • Straightforward.

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

Other sources of information

  • Capello V, Lennox A M & Widmer W R (2008) Clinical Radiology of Exotic Companion Mammals. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 528.


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