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Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program
San Juan College
Diagnostic Imaging 3
Week Five
Review of Avian and Exotics
Diagnostic Imaging of Avian and Exotics
VETT 215: Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 3
Week Five
Week Five is on Avian and Exotic Radiography
Read through the course materials, websites, and the information posted on your
course website. You should be familiar with the requirements of the class, the
various types of assignments that you will be required to complete, how to take
online exams, and the criteria for completing this class. Should you or your
preceptor have any questions about the course or any of its requirements, you or
your preceptor, should contact a veterinary technology staff member.
Please make sure to view the Power Point on
Avian and Exotic Diagnostic Imaging
Avian Radiology
Radiographic Anatomy of Adult Falcons
Exotics Radiology Interactive Website
Reading Assignment 1
Radiography for Veterinary Technicians by Lavin, Chapter 27, pp 464-511.
Written Assignment 1
Based on the Radiography for Veterinary Technicians, by Lavin, Chapter
27, pgs. 464-511, answer the following questions.
Articles provided in the week 5 coursework.
Please answer and be familiar with the following:
1. T or F ______ A longer exposure time is necessary when radiographing
avian and exotics.
2. T or F _______ Avian and exotic patients are measured using a caliper.
3. T or F _______Maximum kilovoltage (kvP) is less important in avian and
exotic radiography.
4. T or F _______ The same principals in radiography that are used in
companion animals can also be used with avian and exotics.
5. T or F _______ There is no risk of scatter radiation when imaging a small
patient such as avian or exotics.
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6. List the three types of restraint used for avian and exotics.
7. Physical restraint involves certain devices. List 4 of them.
8. What is the preferred exposure time for radiographing avian and exotics?
9. If putting a bird or exotic patient under anesthesia, what should be used to
prevent hypothermia?
10. These bones of the avian are thinner than in other animals.
11. What are the differences in the number of cervical vertebrae between
mammals and birds?
12. T or F ______ Birds have a diaphragm.
13. What supports the primary flight feathers?
14. T or F_______Anesthetizing a healthy bird is recommended.
15. Explain manual restraint for a whole body ventrodorsal view of the avian.
16. Why should a bird be fasted prior to radiography?
17. Why is it important for manual restraint of the bird when radiographing the
18. List two ways to take whole body radiographs of a rat.
19. What is the best diagnostic tool for small rodents?
20. What is the best method of restraint for the rat?
21. Why is proper positioning important in radiographing the cranial cardiac
border in a rat?
22. List common reasons for radiographing a rabbit.
23. What is the best method of restraint for a rabbit?
24. Why is the thoracic viscera difficult to view in the guinea pig?
25. What is the most common reason for radiographing a Chinchilla?
26. Why can radiography images be difficult on a turtle?
VETT 215: Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 3
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27. List two ways to restrain a turtle for radiography images.
28. How do you prepare a turtle for dorsoventral radiography?
29. List a few types of restraint needed for a lizard?
30. How do you protect the personnel during radiography of an aggressive
lizard? What can you do with their snout?
31. Snakes are difficult to radiograph due to their anatomy. What is the best
way to obtain a good radiograph of a snake to view entire anatomy?
32. What type of restraint can be used for amphibians?
33. What is the most commonly used view for amphibians?
34. What is the best way to radiograph a fish and why?
35. List two ways a fish can be radiographed.
Assignment Checklist for VETT 215 Week Five
The following checklist shows all the items that you need to complete for
this week of the course. This is for your records and you do not need to
submit this to the instructor.
Assignment Checklist
1. Visit the course site and check each section.
2. Reading Assignment One
Lavin, Chapter 27, pp 464-511.
3. Written Assignment One
Questions from Reading Lavin
4. Case Study Written Assignment
5. Complete the Weekly Quiz.
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Week Five
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