By Judith A. Hudson
Symptoms for radiography... strategies for higher radiographs... general anatomy... irregular opacities... roentgen indicators of stomach masses... lay-flat binding for useful use within the medical institution.
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Lateral view. B P:prostate, white arrows outline the urinary bladder. B. Ventrodorsal view. C:colon; P:prostate. Remember to look for the enlarged prostate immediately cranial to the pelvic brim (white arrow). Figure 4-17 Lateral views of the abdomen of a 10-year old mixed-breed dog with a prostatic mass. The palpable prostatic mass does not appear to be visible in survey radiography. The presence of pulmonary nodules indicates pulmonary metastasis (white arrows). The medial iliac lymph nodes are enlarged and proliferative bone is along the ventral aspect of the spine.
Diaphragmatic Hernia “Ruptured” diaphragm (Figures 3-9A and 3-9B) ✓ A hernia’s appearance varies depending on which organs pass through the tear. ✓ Herniated contents can include liver, spleen, stomach, intestines, and omentum. Roentgen Signs on Survey Radiography ✓ Diaphragmatic shadow is interrupted. ✓ Pleural effusion can be present. ✓ Circular or oval air opacities in thorax may indicate gas within displaced GI tract. com Upper GI series will help if portions of the GI tract are herniated (Figure 3-9C) ✓ You could conceivably put iodine contrast in vessels (arteriography), although it would be impractical ✓ Celiography can be diagnostic Figure 3-9 A A.
Com 41 Evaluation of an Abdominal Mass ✓ The study of possible masses is an excellent way to learn radiographic anatomy. ✓ Describe the mass in terms of size, shape, position, opacity, and margination of the mass. ✓ Evaluate displacement of other organs. ✓ Consider the mobility of organs that are suspected to be involved in the mass. Gastric Masses Roentgen Signs The cranial mass is caudal to the liver. The small intestine, transverse colon, and spleen will be pushed caudad. During gastric torsion, the spleen may be enlarged due to congestion or torsion.
Abdominal radiology for the small animal practitioner by Judith A. Hudson