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DIAG404-0810: Thoracic Radiography: Principles, Diseases and Dynamic Events
Enrollment for this course is CLOSED.

William Blevins, DVM, MS, DACVR

August 17 - October 5, 2010
Interactive sessions: Tuesdays, August 24, 31, September 7, 14, 21 and 28; 9:30pm - 11:30 pm ET (USA)
Practice sessions: Tuesday, August 17 and Monday, August 23; 9:30pm - 11:30 pm ET (USA)

Most in small animal practice interpret thoracic radiographs daily. Yet, many aren't confident in their interpretations. This course is designed to help you refine and reinforce your ability to interpret thoracic radiographs with confidence.

The thorax can be divided into six compartments. The mediastinal, pleural, alveolar, interstitial, bronchial and vascular. Changes in any one of these compartments can affect what you view on a thoracic radiograph. In this class, you will learn to identify which thoracic compartment is involved, putting you in a better position to decide what disease process is present.

We will discuss how different disease processes affect the appearance of the opacity within each compartment and how some disease processes span multiple compartments.

Fluoroscopic movies will be used to help you understand and correlate what you see on static radiographic images with the dynamic processes within airways and parenchyma in health and disease.

With regard to cardiac disease processes, this course will focus upon recognizing the vascular changes in the lung that help with interpretation of cardiac diseases.

This is a highly interactive course. Each week you will be presented with one hour of lecture --- slides with accompanying audio (and text transcription) -- will be made available in the course library for review at any time.

Weekly real time sessions with the instructor will include one hour of discussion of the week's material and one hour of group exercises to reinforce the material presented. (Note: attendance at the realtime sessions is optional, but viewing the material and participating in the exercises before the course ends is mandatory for CE credit) .

To get the most from the real-time sessions, be sure to read/watch the pre- recorded lecture in the library PRIOR TO the real time session. The instructor will be using audio and slides in the real time sessions. Throughout the course, in-depth discussion and questions will be addressed on the course message boards.

For those taking the course for CE credit, attendance in the real time sessions is encouraged, however participation credit can be achieved through reading and posting to the message boards and taking the weekly quizzes posted in the library.

Course Outline:

Week 1:

Week 2: Week 3: Week 4: Week 5: Week 6: MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and continue for 7 days following the last real-time session.


Member/$216, Non-Member/$320 by August 3, 2010;
Member/$240 Non-Member/$356 after August 3, 2010
Enrollment WILL CLOSE as soon as the course capacity is reached (150 participants).

Required Textbook: None

Recommended Textbook: None

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Debbie Friedler
Continual Education Division
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