Veterinary Radiology

I love teaching and learning about veterinary medicine, so when I find another website with the same theme, you can bet I want to share it!

The website I want to share is It’s run by Allison Zwingenberger DVM DACVR DECVDI (enough initials for ya?!) in Davis, CA.

You simply can’t ask for a better website in terms of learning about veterinary radiology. She generally posts a new case each week (pretty much all small animal), gives you some time to mull it over, then she posts the answers later in the week or the following week. The images range from standard survey films to CT and MRI images.

I love this opportunity to test my skills and learn, and I encourage all Learning Vet readers to join the discussion! Considering I missed a GI perforation on survey films of a ferret I radiographed earlier today (thank goodness we have a radiologist review our films, and extra-thank goodness she took a look at them today), I know I am always needing help interpreting films. Hmm, perhaps I should forward the films to Dr. Zwingenberger and see if she’d like to post them??

Has a radiologist’s review saved your butt? What was the case? Do share!



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4 responses to “Veterinary Radiology

  1. Dave

    I’ll have to say that I find that I’ve become addicted to taking a digital photo of my hard-copy (I know… living in the dark ages!) chest radiographs and submitting to

    I’m in a reasonably remote practice in the UK, and I think we’ve been much slower in uptake of submitting radographs routinely to a Specialist for assessment than our cousins across the Atlantic, but had a couple of cases this week where I thought there might be visible lung pathology in coughing dogs which was put down to good old-fashioned underexposure be a Specialist 🙂 Every day’s a school day 😉

  2. Thanks for sharing, Dave! I think taking pictures of the radiographs can work just fine! (Just mind the flash!) Even if you don’t send all your films for review, it’s nice to know you have that option.

  3. Thanks for reminding me of Dr Z’s site. I used to frequent it, but it fell off my radar for whatever reason.

    We have PetRays reading service to use if we want a 2nd opinion, and they are excellent. About 6 months ago, I was transferred a patient for an ex-lap. The cat was a 1 year old, fat MN kitty. He had been crouching in an uncomfortable position for several days, and the rDVM thought he had a traumatic abdominal hernia. The history didn’t fit, as the cat was totally indoors with no history of trauma. Further, I could find no hernia that corresponded with what the rDVM felt. All I could find was a cat with a history of limping about 2 weeks ago, extreme pain on palpation of the abdomen and thoracolumbar spine, as well as the pelvis.

    I took abdominal films, didn’t see anything incriminating, and sent them off to PetRays. Lo and behold, kitty had a disease that I was unfamiliar with – a slipped capital physis. Apparently this condition occurs in young, MN cats. The cause is not known, but it involves a fracture of the femoral head/neck area (which was VERY subtle on xray) and is extremely, extremely painful. The condition is often bilateral, and FHO is curative.

    Kitty went back to his rDVM for his FHO and is doing great. Thank god for PetRays!!!

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