The primary duty of a veterinary radiologist is to evaluate medical diagnostic images to locate sites of injury or disease. These radiologists, acting as radiation oncologists, use scans to develop a course of treatment specifically for cancer patients.
Veterinary radiography (generation of transmission images) is one of the most commonly used diagnostic tools in veterinary practice. However, some other imaging modalities such as CT, ultrasonography, nuclear imaging and MRI are also very important for this.
Although radiography is a painless procedure for animals. Sedation is often desirable to reduce the anxiety and stress associated with the procedure and to control pain associated with painful disorders such as fractures and arthritis in dogs and other pets.
Purpose of the Veterinary Radiologist
Reducing animal suffering and protect animal health
To conduct research in the field of surgery, anaesthesia, imaging techniques, orthopaedics etc.
Prevention of surgical disorders in pets
Farmer’s advisory service regarding management.
Providing inputs at various levels as an expert.
Important areas for research
Diagnosis and treatment based on images
Radiologists write detailed case reports on animal diseases, suand pervise the activities of veterinary technicians or veterinarians. The scans use various software applications to interpret the image results, and provide specialized consultation on matters involving referral from general practitioners.
Veterinary Radiologist Duties and Responsibilities
Being a veterinary radiologist requires specialist skills with all types of medical imaging, including:
Nuclear medicine scan
Teleradiology—transmitting scan images via email or other online networks—allows radiologists to consult on matters around the world.
Balanced anesthesia in animals
Management of stress, pain, and distress in animals
Management of surgical disorders in animals
Radiographic examination in animals
Ultrasonographic examination of the soft organs of pets
Endoscopy and Endosurgery
Education Technology in Veterinary Surgery and Radiology
Veterinary radiologist equipment
A special type of vacuum tube is used for radiographs, which produces X-rays. Tube current, measured in milliamps (mA), and voltage, measured in kilovolts (kV), determines the strength and number of X-rays produced and is one of the three exposure factors used on most X-ray machines. There are two from can be imposed on. Kilovoltage potential is the highest possible voltage achievable at any kV setting.
They have several advantages over conventional film radiography:
By using adequate data protection measures, the radiograph cannot be lost
Film storage has no need for its attendant space and environmental requirements
This allows manipulation and enhancement of the process after the image is recorded.
It can be easily transmitted electronically to a remote location for immediate interpretation of images
Images are available more quickly, usually taking 30 seconds.
Interpretation of images
The beginning of the interpretation of radiographic images is an appropriately located and exposed study. Inconsistent or poorly positioned studies are difficult to interpret. And this inappropriate technique further reduces the amount of information that can be interpreted from the radiograph.
Radiographic exposure of film alone lacks sufficient contrast to evaluate multiple structures; Therefore, to enhance the basic contrast of animal organs and wounds, contrast procedures are used to separate them from the surrounding tissue.
The rapid development of the Internet has had a huge impact on teleradiology. The way radiology is used in veterinary practice. Currently, as the scope of veterinary practice continues to expand, many veterinarians in general practice seek the support of radiologists for the interpretation of radiographic images.
Currently, more than half of all board-certified radiologists at the centre use teleradiology to some degree. There are still some issues to be resolved regarding teleradiology licensing with this type of use, but it is growing rapidly.