Radiography = The production of diagnostic films by exposure to x-rays.
Radiology = The science of radiation.
Radiography is an extremely useful aid in the diagnosis of many diseases and conditions commonly seen in small animal practice. It is a procedure in which veterinary nurses are required to perform an active role, from positioning the patient to developing the exposed films. Radiation is a significant risk, and emphasis is placed upon the health and safety aspects of this subject.
As with all procedures, a veterinary nurse should receive adequate training prior to undertaking any radiographic task. The practice must clearly display the local rules and written systems of work relevant to the controlled area and the dark room. In addition, a copy of the Guidance Notes for the Protection of Persons against Ionising Radiations arising from Veterinary Use should be available for all personnel to read.
Learning ObjectivesThe learning objectives of this chapter are:
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