Today’s Diary Entry is sponsored by Supreme Pet Foods
So this afternoon I sat my final exam in Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging, this was one of my favourite subjects as to me it was directly related to being a vet. Radiographs (xrays) are probably the most basic diagnostic test that a vet can do!
Going forwards today I had to explain the practical side of dental radiology (taking pictures of a animals mouth), followed by long answer questions on the safety of radiology and the navicular bone in horses.
The navicular bone is also known as the distal sesamoid bone and is located between the last two phalanges (finger bones) which means it has two bones on top of it, and the hoof all around it. This makes it very difficult to get good radiographs of this bone, however it is a common cause of lameness in the horse so is very important. There is a common saying here that the best views of the navicular bone are taken after necropsy (post-mortem).