Lumbar spine – lateral canine X-ray positioning guide

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Lumbar spine – lateral canine X-ray positioning guide

  

Positioning

  • Lateral recumbency
  • Extend hind limbs caudally
  • Use foam pads to ensure not rotated
  • Centre over L3-4, over the bodies of the vertebrae
  • Collimate to include entire lumbar spine, including the spinous processes
  • Ensure L/R marker in primary beam.

 What to look for

  • Ensure not rotated, and good crisp bone margins are seen.

Top tips

  • When radiographing muscular dogs you often need to put foam pads under the lumbar spine to prevent the spine dropping.

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