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Getting the best results from radiography
  1. Richard Ewers

    Richard Ewers graduated from Bristol in 1983 and worked in mixed/dairy practice for three years. He has been with the PDSA since then, and is currently senior veterinary surgeon at the Leicester PetAid hospital. His main clinical interest is imaging, especially radiography and radiology. He holds the RCVS certificate in veterinary radiology, is a contributor to the European Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, and was recently imaging examiner for the RCVS diploma in advanced veterinary nursing.


RADIOGRAPHY is a valuable, non-invasive diagnostic method. However, it is time consuming, requires expensive equipment and may pose risks to the patient and personnel. The diagnostic usefulness of a radiograph is directly related to the quality of the image. As a result, it is essential that a good technique is used consistently to obtain the best possible results from the equipment available. This article describes the stages involved in the process, from planning the investigation through producing the radiograph, to follow-up examination of the image and subsequent decision making.

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