AAEP 2002 Radiology Panel

The radiology panel discussion at the 2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention on Dec. 7 included presentation of 10 case histories, clinical presentations, and radiographs, with one of four panel members selected to evaluate each case. Tim O’Brien, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVR, professor in the Surgical and Radiological Sciences Department at the University of California, Davis, began the session by stating the three program goals. These were the introduction of interesting cases, the discussion of each case by an expert including the differential diagnosis and treatment, and to teach the approximately 1,500 attending veterinarians techniques to improve their practice of radiology.

Each designated panel veterinarian discussed what he saw on the radiographs, any additional diagnostic procedures he would request or questions he would have asked of the owner or referring veterinarian, his diagnosis, and his recommended treatment plan. Panel members included Tom Casselberry, DVM, of Napa, Calif.; Jim Morehead, DVM, of Lexington, Ky.; Brian Carroll, DVM, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Bill Moyer, DVM, head of the Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Department at Texas A&M University. O’Brien presented the cases and moderated the sometimes lively discussion.

Attendees and panel members had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the cases and radiographs the day before this session. Four cases were distal extremity lamenesses, four were tarsal (hock) lamenesses, and two were head cases (dental and sinus problems). The diagnoses ranged from a previously undetected radiolucent (not visible on a radiograph) foreign body, to a slab fracture of the central tarsal bone to an improperly developing first molar.

The panel members’ discussions of their thought processes while looking at the radiographs and reviewing the histories provided valuable insight into the diagnostic process of various types of problems. It also explained why some things a practitioner might see on a radiograph aren’t quite what they appear, and provided alternative imaging methods and positioning angles for clarifying these problems.

About the Author

Christy M. West

Christy West has a BS in Equine Science from the University of Kentucky, and an MS in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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