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Cervical spine – lateral canine X-ray positioning guide

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Cervical spine – lateral canine X-ray positioning guide

lateral recumbency

lateral recumbency

Positioning

  • In lateral recumbency
  • Ensure collar removed
  • Use foam/sponges to ensure entire cervical spine is lateral
  • Extend forelimb caudally (ensuring this doesn’t rotate the thorax)
  • Neck in a neutral position
  • Centre over 3-4th cervical vertebrae
  • Collimate to include the base of the skull and T2
  • Ensure L/R marker in primary beam.

What to look for

  • Ensure transverse processes overly each other (left and right)

Top tips

  • Padding under the dogs chin can often help prevent the skull rotating.

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