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Front Limb Radiographs

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Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates proper positioning and anatomical landmarks for front limb radiographs on a dog. Restraint aids are briefly discussed.

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Megan Brashear

CVT VTS(ECC)

Enrolled: 07/2011

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Catherine Smith's picture

We do not like to use the white tape or the gauze as it has a tendency to show up on the radiograph. I teach in a vet tech program and do not advocate taking both limbs in the same radiograph.

Lyric Bell's picture

So when a doctor asks for a comparison of both legs you take one shot of each leg, thus causing yourself and assistant to have more exposure to radiation instead of just doing one shot of both legs??? And you're a vet tech teacher?? Yikes.

Dawn Elza's picture

Catherine, What is the reason for not having both limbs in the same radiograph for comparison?

Luigi Ciavolino 's picture

She does say that she says then to use a marker so you can be aware. One reason to not include both limbs can be to lesson exposure. Also if you can basically tell it is broken, ex: dangling paws- clearly broken.

Lyric Bell's picture

Just because a limb is visibly broken doesn't mean that doing a radiograph to compare the two is a bad thing. Most doctors especially ER ones recommend doing both legs in the same radiograph for comparison. Also having both legs in the same radiograph does lessen the exposure instead of doing two shots to compare.

Livia Wieringa's picture

As a DVM I almost ALWAYS find it beneficial for a comparative (opposite limb) radiograph.