Thoracic spine - lateral canine veterinary X-ray positioning guide

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Thoracic spine - lateral canine veterinary X-ray positioning guide

 

Positioning

  • In lateral recumbency
  • Ensure spine parallel to cassette/table top
  • Use sponges under sternum to prevent rotation
  • Pull thoracic limbs cranially
  • 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 the entire spinous processes are seen, and the spine is not rotated.

Top tips

  • Foam pads under the sternum reduce rotation; also padding under the lumbar spine can often help straighten out the thoracic spine better.

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