Digital Radiography

What is Digital Radiography?

DR is the process of acquiring an x-ray image on a digital panel, without the use of film, a darkroom, or processing chemicals. The image is available on the computer screen seconds after the x-ray is taken, streamlining the diagnostic process and increasing the quality and efficiency of care to our patients.

Benefits of DR include:

  • Increased efficiency in the x-ray process and in the veterinarian’s ability to diagnose problems.
  • Decreased waste in the form of costly film and processing chemicals.
  • Increased sharing of knowledge via distribution of the digital form of the images to all interested parties
  • (owners, farriers, consulting veterinarians, etc).

Centennial Equine Sports Medicine has a state-of-the-art digital radiography system available to our vets 24-hours/day, seven days/week. Each owner will receive a copy of their radiographs in the form of CD or on a USB storage drive after each exam.

Radiographic Studies

Some of the common studies performed by CESM include:

  • Farrier Study: this includes two views of each foot (usually the front feet), a Dorsopalmar and a Lateral-medial. These views can assess hoof-pastern angles, lateral-medial imbalance, dorsal wall thickness and/or evidence of laminitis, and can be used both as a diagnostic aid and to monitor progress in trimming/shoeing changes.
  • Distal Extremity: this includes six views of the foot including Dorsopalmar, Lateral-medial, 60 degree P3 Solar Margin/Navicular, Navicular Skyline, and two Oblique views of the coffin and pastern bones. Often taken when investigating lameness or for prepurchase and presale purposes.
  • Fetlock, Carpus: both of these studies include five views of the specific joint areas including Dorsopalmar, Lateral-medial, two Oblique views, and a Flexed Lateral-medial. Often taken when investigating lameness or for prepurchase and presale purposes.
  • Hock: this includes four views of the hock area including Dorsopalmar, Lateral-medial, two Oblique views. Often taken when investigating lameness or for prepurchase and presale purposes, but can be used to monitor progression of hock joint arthritis.
  • Stifle: this includes three views of the stifle area including Dorsopalmar, Lateral-medial, and the Dorsolateral-palmaromedial Oblique view. Often taken when investigating lameness or for prepurchase and presale purposes.
  • Cervical Spine: this includes five views of the seven cervical vertebrae in the neck. (Because of our plate size, more than five images will be taken, but client is charged for five as that is what we consider a ‘complete study.’) Often taken to evaluate causes of neck pain, neurologic symptoms, or high forelimb lameness.
  • Skull (Maxilla or Mandible), Sinus, Gutteral Pouches: these studies include four views of the area(s) in question, a Dorsopalmar, Lateral-medial, and two Oblique views. These studies are usually taken to evaluate causes of unilateral nasal discharge, facial swelling/asymmetry, or tooth abscessation.
  • Neonatal Abdominal or Thoracic views: Our 90kV x-ray beam generator is capable of producing high quality images of these areas in patients weighing less than ~250 lbs (usually foals <3-4 months of age, and some miniature breeds). Taken when investigating presence and type of lower respiratory disease or source of abdominal pain.
  • Other areas not as commonly imaged include: Elbow, Shoulder, Tail, Withers, Spinous Processes from Thoracic, Lumbar, and Sacral Vertebrae