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Wednesday, August 14 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Head & neck imaging: what should we aim for in practice?

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Radiography has limited utility for imaging complex anatomical regions such as the head and neck, due to the superimposition of three-dimensional structures on a two-dimensional image and its relatively poor contrast resolution. It should be viewed as a ‘first-line’ or survey test for evaluating these regions, with a clear understanding of the limitations and abilities of the modality. Most head and neck conditions in small animal practice will require advanced imaging (CT, MRI, ultrasound) to obtain sufficient useful information to progress patient management, and appropriate case selection it vital when choosing modalities. Despite this, there are select indications for radiography, and good technique can go a long way to improving the diagnostic usefulness when this test is performed. Tips for radiographic image acquisition optimisation are discussed. A solid grasp of normal radiographic anatomy of the head and neck, and a systematic approach to interpretation, are fundamental to the successful interpretation of these complex body regions. Multiple resources including textbooks, radiographic atlases, specimens, and literature, are available and recommended to assist evaluation.

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Alana Rosenblatt

Alana graduated from the University of Queensland prior to working in Veterinary Schools at UQ and the University of Adelaide for several years. She then completed a residency in Diagnostic Imaging at Cornell University, and become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary... Read More →

Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am AEST
Surfers Paradise Rooms 1 - 3 The Star Gold Coast