Course Overview

Radiology is one of the primary diagnostic tools of veterinarians. Abdominal radiology aids in the diagnosis of conditions affecting multiple organs such as the liver, kidneys and pancreas.  It also plays a role in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the reproductive system.

As with radiology in general, there is a learning curve to fully utilizing abdominal radiology. In addition, the transition from analog to digital radiographs can be challenging. Images are much clearer, organ systems have more detail, and what used to be familiar may have become a bit confusing.

It takes knowledge and practice to gain confidence in the reading of abdominal radiographs. The assignments in this course are designed to provide participants with the opportunity to learn and apply, under the guidance of a board certified radiologist.

Radiology: Imaging of the Abdominal Cavity is a 6-week course that will help veterinary practitioners hone their skills and increase the value of abdominal radiology to their practice. Having the tools at hand to quickly reach a diagnosis, coupled with correct treatment protocols, helps provide excellent patient care and client satisfaction. Participants are not required to work in practice to complete this course. 


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 25 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

This course is an interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-12915.


Participation Access Parameters

Participants may enroll in this course after it has begun, up to the enrollment deadline date. Participants who enroll after the start date do not miss out on any components of the course.

There are no real time sessions.

The design of this course allows each participant to proceed based on individual schedule, as long as all assignments are submitted by the assignment submission deadline.


Course Content

Radiology: Imaging of the Abdominal Cavity begins with the normal anatomy of the peritoneal space, pancreas, adrenal glands, liver, spleen, stomach, kidneys, bladder, reproductive organs and bowels, followed by abnormalities, radiographic techniques and interpretations. Hepatomegaly, pyelonephritis, and cystic ovarian disease are covered at length.

This course includes many radiographs to interpret and takes time and diligence on the part of the participant.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

Radiology: Imaging of the Abdominal Cavity is a 6-week course designed for the veterinarian to enhance their confidence and knowledge base in order to efficiently and effectively diagnose abdominal abnormalities.

Advanced veterinary technicians will also find this course helpful. While diagnosis remains in the hands of the veterinarian, it is vital for veterinary technicians to have a good understanding of abdominal radiology. It is recommended that veterinary technicians have a strong foundation in basic radiology and anatomy prior to taking this course.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify loss of contrast in the abdominal cavity caused by increased fluid opacity
  • Recognize abnormalities of the pancreas and adrenal glands
  • Assess the liver and kidneys for size, shape, location and opacity for abnormalities
  • Evaluate the bladder and implement appropriate contrast techniques
  • Compare and contrast diseases of the urethra and prostate gland identified by radiographic changes
  • Identify normal and abnormal findings of the uterus, ovaries and testicles
  • Evaluate the stomach for abnormal displacement, foreign bodies, dilation and neoplasia
  • Identify abnormal small and large bowel disease, and implement contrast studies when appropriate
  • Discuss complications associated with contrast studies


Additional Courses Using Required Text

The textbook used in this course is also used in the following course. Click on the course title below to view details regarding that course. Use your browser's back button to return to this course.

Radiology: Imaging of the Thoracic Cavity


Required Materials

Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 6th edition by Donald Thrall DVM, PhD, DACVR; 2013 Elsevier

Important Text Information:

It is mandatory that each participant has access to this textbook as the content of the book is not reproduced within the course. It is up to each person to determine the best way to acquire the text. Some will already have the text in their library and, therefore, will not need to purchase another copy. The text is available as a print publication and as an eBook. Where to purchase and in what format is totally up to the participant. The text is not included in the fee for this course.

USA residents: Elsevier texts, both print and eBook, are available via the VetMedTeam Elsevier Text Portal at discounts off regular retail of 25 - 35 %. If you would like to visit the portal to take advantage of the discount please use this link:

VetMedTeam's Elsevier Text Portal

Important: Regardless of which option the participant chooses, access to a copy of the textbook is mandatory. Without the text, the student will not be able to complete the assignments, case studies and examinations. If enrolling close to or beyond the course start date, it is recommended that the text be purchased as an eBook to prevent text acquisition related delays. VetMedTeam has no control over shipping delays and other related problems.


Participant Feedback

...The case presentations and interactions with the radiologist were very helpful. The overall course structure using a high quality text book as its basis with true interactions a long with additional resources available was great: This is so much more stimulating than just having to show up and sit in a conference hall. This was a very good review course for me, and I will take the thoracic one next year at some time-especially as it uses the same text.

...I like that the timing to complete assignments was self directed but also well supported by the instructor

...I thought the presentation of course material was very good. The feed back from Julie was excellent and added much value to the content of the course. The case study questions and answer key associated with the reading assignments were of tremendous value.

...I think the course gave me a good general overview of abdominal radiography and i learned a lot in many different fields.

...opportunity to describe the images under the control of the instructor

...I liked the critical thinking assessments where we looked at radiographs and interpreted them.


Course Instructor

Julie Ekedahl, VMD, DACVRJulie Ekedahl, VMD, DACVR

Originally a native of the Southeast, Dr. Ekedahl graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Biology. After undergraduate, she worked in a research laboratory for a year before attending the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. After receiving her VMD, Dr. Ekedahl interned in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, followed by a residency in Radiology, also at UGA. She passed the Radiology Boards and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology.

After her residency, Dr. Ekedahl traveled for 8 months, visiting Africa, Asia, New Zealand and Australia before settling in Boise, Idaho with her husband. She started Veterinary Imaging Specialists of Idaho, PC that provides film interpretation and mobile ultrasound services.

Dr. Ekedahl is a member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, the AVMA, the IdahoVMA, and the Boise Academy. She is the mother of a three year old girl and five year old boy and she enjoys both tea parties and building with Legos. Her other interests include learning to play the fiddle, quilting, and telemark skiing.


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