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Companion Animal Practice
Radiology of thoracic trauma in the dog and cat
  1. Andrew Parry

    Andrew Parry graduated from Cambridge in 1999. He spent eight years in general practice before undertaking a residency in diagnostic imaging at the Royal Veterinary College. He holds the RCVS certificate in veterinary diagnostic imaging. He is currently working towards the diploma of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.

  2. Chris Lamb

    Chris Lamb graduated from Cambridge in 1983. He was a resident in radiology at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Massachusetts, and continued there as assistant professor. In 1990, he returned to England to work in small animal referral practice in London. In 1992, he joined the Royal Veterinary College, where he is a senior lecturer in radiology and head of small animal medicine and surgery. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Radiography is an important modality for patients with thoracic trauma because it enables rapid initial assessment of most thoracic structures, is widely available, and can be used repeatedly to monitor changes during case management. Thoracic radiography is indicated in all animals involved in a road traffic accident. This article describes the radiographic signs that might be seen following thoracic trauma and highlights those lesions that might require further investigation using ultrasonography or computed tomography.

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