Thorax - spine lateral canine veterinary X-ray positioning guide

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Thorax - spine lateral canine veterinary X-ray positioning guide

  

Positioning

  • Lateral recumbency
  • Use foam pads to ensure thorax is parallel to the cassette
  • Extend forelimbs cranially
  • Centre over the heart (over 5th rib)
  • Collimate to include the thoracic inlet and all of the diaphragm
  • Ensure L/R marker in primary beam
  • Ensure you expose as the dog is in full inspiration.

What to look for

  • Ribs should be superimposed
  • Good inspiration.

Top Tips

  • On round-chested dogs ensuring there is a pad between the front legs can reduce rotation

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