Abdominal radiology for the small animal practitioner by Judith A. Hudson

By Judith A. Hudson

Symptoms for radiography... recommendations for larger radiographs... basic anatomy... irregular opacities... roentgen indicators of belly masses... lay-flat binding for sensible use within the hospital.

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Com 61 Contrast Media ✓ Contrast media is needed because of poor natural subject contrast in the abdomen. ✓ Materials are given to visualize organs or organ systems. ✓ Contrast media is commonly used to evaluate alimentary and urinary systems. , ionic iodine, non-ionic iodine, barium sulfate ✓ Double contrast procedures Use both positive and negative contrast media Barium ✓ Barium is less expensive than iodine. ♥ It provides excellent mucosal coating. ✓ Not absorbed or diluted ✓ Stays in suspension ✓ Cure?

B. A film was exposed using a horizontal beam with the dog in right lateral recumbency (although left lateral recumbency is preferred to avoid confusion with the gastric fundus). F: gastric fundus. G: gas between the liver and abdominal wall. B Decreased Peritoneal Opacity–Fat Causes of Abnormal Fat Opacities ✓ Obesity ✓ Neoplasms (lipoma, liposarcoma) Radiographic (Roentgen) Signs ✓ Abnormal fat accumulations will be seen as an area of decreased opacity (Figure 3-8). ✓ Remember that fat is more radiopaque than gas but less radiopaque than fluid.

Focal Hepatomegaly A) Right lateral and right medial ✓ Focal hepatomegaly affects structures on the right side such as the pyloric antrum, pylorus, proximal descending duodenum, ascending colon, and the adjacent small intestine (Figure 4-4). ✓ Right-sided structures are pushed caudally, dorsally, and medially. ✓ Some hepatic masses are pedunculated, and a portion can become located caudal to the stomach by pushing the gastric body cranially and dorsally. B) Left lateral and left medial ✓ Affects structures on the left side such as the splenic head, adjacent small intestine, and gastric fundus.

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