Lapis ISSN 2398-2969

Radiography: tarsus and hindfoot

Contributor(s): Fraser McConnell, David Perpinan

Introduction

  • A high definition film-screen combination is required.
  • A grid is not required.
  • kV should not exceed about 50.
  • Soft tissues should be included.
  • A radiograph including both limbs is useful for comparison.
  • General anesthesia or sedation is generally recommended.
  • The film should be correctly exposed and developed, and free from movement blur and artefact.
  • 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

  • Fracture Limb fracture  .
  • Dislocation  .
  • Tarsal valgus/varus but full length tibia/fibula views including the tarsus may be preferable.
  • Investigation of joint effusion/swelling.
  • Degenerative joint disease.
  • Neoplasia: bony, or soft tissue invading bone.
  • Septic arthritis  .

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.
  • Rubel G A, Isenbugel E & Wolvekamp P (1991) Eds Atlas of diagnostic radiology of exotic pets. W B Saunders Ltd, Philadelphia.


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