Thoracolumbar spine – ventrodorsal canine X-ray positioning guide

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Thoracic Spine – Ventrodorsal Canine X-ray positioning guide
Thoracic Spine – Ventrodorsal Canine X-ray positioning guide

Thoracolumbar spine – ventrodorsal canine X-ray positioning guide

  

Positioning

  • Dorsal recumbency
  • Use cradle (or sandbags) under lumbar spine/pelvis
  • Ensure cervical spine straight too
  • Ensure dog is not rotated
  • Centre over T11-12 in midline - just below sternum
  • Collimate to include from mid-thoracic to mid-lumbar spine
  • Ensure L/R marker in primary beam.
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What to look for

  • Ensure transverse processes are the same size as this helps check for rotation.

Top tips

  • Ensure cradle not under region you are imaging.

 

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