Thoracolumbar spine - lateral canine X-ray positioning guide

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Thoracolumbar spine - lateral canine X-ray positioning guid

 

Positioning

  • In lateral recumbency
  • Ensure spine parallel to cassette/table top
  • Use sponges under sternum to prevent rotation
  • Centre over T6-T7
  • Collimate to include entire thoracic spine, including spinous processes
  • Ensure L/R marker in primary beam.

What to look for

  • Ensure no rotation of the spine - look to see if transverse processes are superimposed.

Top Tips

  • Avoid extending limbs too far cranially/caudally as can cause spine to distort
  • A pad between the hindlimbs can reduce the risk of rotation

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