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Radiographic Guidelines

Please submit the following images at the time of referral for mobile surgery.

What rads to submit chart

Mediolateral Stifle

Mediolateral Stifle picPatient Positioning: Lateral recumbency with affected limb down. Stifle and hock should be at 90 degree angles.

Beam Positioning: Beam should include the stifle and the hock.

Properly Positioned Radiograph: Superimposition of the femoral and tibial condyles. Fabellea are typically superimposed.


Caudocranial Stifle

Caudocranial Stifle picPatient Positioning: Sternal recumbency with affected limb pulled straight caudally. Patella resting against the tabletop or cassette. Limb must be straight with no rotation of the hock or paw.
Tip: Abducting the opposite limb and placing it over a rolled towel helps place the limb to be radiographed in a proper position.

Beam Positioning:  Beam should include the stifle, entire tibia, and hock.

Properly Positioned Radiograph: Patella should be centered between the fabella. Medial border of calcaneus should be aligned with the center of the tibia.


Ventrodorsal Pelvis

Ventrodorsal Pelvis pic

Patient Positioning: Dorsal recumbency (V trough may be useful). Extend femurs and with internal rotation of the femur.

Beam Positioning: Beam should include the entire pelvis and stifle.

Properly Positioned Radiograph: Femurs should be straight, and radiograph should include entire pelvis and stifle. Pelvis should be symmetrical with minimal rotation.


Lateral Lumbar/Pelvis

Lateral Lumbar-Pelvis pic

Patient Positioning: Lateral recumbency. Hindlimbs in moderate extension.

X-ray Beam Positioning: Include the caudal lumbar vertebrae and pelvis.

Properly Positioned Radiograph: Radiograph should include caudal lumbar vertebrae and pelvis.