Atlas of Normal Radiographic Anatomy & Anatomic Variants in the Dog and Cat
Donald E. Thrall, DVM, PhD, DACVR (Radiology, Radiation Oncology) & Ian D. Robertson, BVSc, DACVR


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This text is designed to act as a radiographic reference for interpreting clinical radiographs. Included among the many radiographs presented are the numerous variations that are regarded as normal as seen in clinical practice along with an explanation and interpretation of the picture. This text is not one to be used for teaching veterinary students or veterinary technician students how to take radiographs as it does not explain technique charts and adjustments, positioning guidelines, etc. nor does it show pathological abnormalities.

The atlas contains seven chapters, beginning with a thorough introduction in Chapter 1 reviewing directional anatomical terms, standard and oblique projections along with their orthogonal view names; and discussion of the physeal closure which includes tables offering insight into approximate ages at which ossification centers appear and when physeal closure occurs. Following the tables are six pages of sketches covering various closures and ossification centers corresponding with age timeline. Chapter 2 breaks down the skull and includes dental eruption times and labeled anatomic parts of skull radiographs. Included among the radiographic pictures are sketches of the positioning technique used to obtain accurate skull radiographs and CT pictures. Variations shown include cats, mixed breed dogs, and brachycephalic breeds. Chapter 3 discusses the spine with labeled radiographs reviewing each section of the spine and discusses congenital vertebral malformations with supportive pictures for ease of identification. Chapter 4 discusses the thoracic limb detailing the scapula, brachium, elbow, antebrachium, carpus, and manus. Chapter 5 reviews the pelvic limb and includes discussion of the pelvis, femur, stifle, tibia, fibula, and pes. Chapter 6 discusses the thorax and includes such topics of discussion as optimal positioning (i.e. superimposing ribs) and inspiration vs. expiration caught radiographs. Vessels and structures within the thoracic radiograph are labeled as well as views depicting differences between right and left lateral views and ventrodorsal and dorsoventral views. Also discussed are abnormalities that may interfere with radiographic technique such as fat and skin folds, mineralization, and chondrodystrophoid breed abnormalities. There is also an informative section on examination of the esophagus, trachea and heart. Chapter 7 discusses the abdomen and identifies structures within the abdominal cavity as well as labeling of radiographs as well as the inclusion of CT images.

This book is awesome!! This is an excellent reference to have on hand at any veterinary clinic, very helpful for those new to the field as well as for those still learning. Key factors which garnered the 5 out of 5 rating included the multiple views shown identifying the many abnormalities encountered on a day to day basis within the clinical setting as well as the many labeled pictures which aid in interpretation of various radiographs. This book is one that would be engaging and helpful to veterinary clinicians, technicians and those studying the vast subject of veterinary radiology both at a doctorate as well as technical level; a must-have resource text.

Publisher: Elsevier Saunders: (2011)

214 pages, large hard back book

ISBN: 978-1-4377-0178-4

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