Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Radiography: elbow

Contributor(s): Patsy Whelehan

Introduction

  • A high definition film-screen combination is required.
  • A grid is not required.
  • kV should not exceed about 50.
  • Soft tissues should be included.
  • General anesthesia or heavy sedation is required.
  • The film should be correctly exposed and developed, and free from movement blur and artifact.
  • The anatomical marker must be clearly visible, along with the patient's identification, the date, and the name of the hospital or practice.

Uses

  • An important diagnostic aid in determining the cause of lameness arising from the elbow.
  • Fracture Fracture: overview, especially of the humeral condyles.
  • Dislocation Elbow: traumatic luxation.
  • Joint effusion with other causes.
  • Investigation of soft tissue injury.
  • Neoplasia, but unusual site.

Advantages

  • Non-invasive.
  • Straightforward.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Allan G S (2000) Radiographic features of feline joint diseases. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 30 (2), 281-302 PubMed.


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