Application of the “Humanoid” Ventrodorsal Thoracic Radiographic View for Improved Cranial Thoracic Assessment
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new chapter on Ventrodorsal Thoracic Radiography in companion animals.
Thoracic radiography is an important and frequently used diagnostic tool for the evaluation of numerous conditions in small animals. Routine thoracic radiographic examination is comprised of imaging in a minimum of two orthogonal planes, commonly evaluated in three views: left lateral to right lateral (right lateral: RL), right lateral to left lateral (left lateral: LL), and either ventrodorsal (DV), or dorsoventral (VD) projections. Modification of the standard thoracic examination with removal or addition of views has been recommended according to the needs of individual cases [1-6]. Differences in the radiographic appearances of normal and abnormal thoracic structures depending on positioning have been described, attributed to the effects of gravity, superimposition of anatomical structures, magnification, and differing anatomical contrast provided by greater expansion of the non-dependent lung.