The emphasis of this advanced level 4 week course is on learning techniques to obtain diagnostic radiographs and recognizing abdominal abnormalities.
Note: This course was formerly known as Abdominal Radiology
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Develop good techniques for making and interpreting radiographs of the abdomen
- Understand normal radiographic anatomy
- Identify abdominal abnormalities
- Focus on abdominal masses
- Recognize disorders of the alimentary, urinary, and reproductive tracts
- Learn common anomalies seen in the abdomen
- Section One - Introduction and Radiographic Technique
- Indications for Abdominal Radiography
- Steps to Good Film Reading
- Section Two - Normal Radiographic Anatomy of the Abdomen
- Viewing the Film
- Duodenum and Cecum
- Diaphragm and Liver
- Bladder and Prostate
- Lymph Nodes
- Section Three - Peritoneal Cavity
- Normal Appearance
- Specific Causes of a Loss of Serosal Detail
- Radiographic (Roentgen) Signs
- Decreased Peritoneal Opacity–Gas
- Radiographic (Roentgen) Signs of Extraluminal Gas
- Decreased Peritoneal Opacity–Fat
- Disruption of Borders of the Peritoneal Cavity
- Hiatal Hernia
- Peritoneopericardial Hernia
- Perineal Hernia
- Section Four - Intra-abdominal Masses
- Evaluation of an Abdominal Mass
- Generalized Hepatomegaly
- Focal Hepatomegaly
- Renal Masses
- Roentgen Signs
- Diffuse Splenomegaly
- Focal Splenomegaly
- Mesenteric/Enteric Masses
- Pancreatic Masses
- Ovarian Masses
- Prostatic Masses
- Uterine Masses
- Caudal Sublumbar Masses
- Section Five - Alimentary Tract
- Contrast Media
- Esophageal/Gastrointestinal Contrast Procedures
- Contrast Examination of the Esophagus– Esophagram
- Normal Esophagram
- Disorders of the Esophagus
- Vascular Ring Anomalies
- Esophageal Masses
- Radiography of the Stomach and Small Intestine
- Upper Gastrointestinal Series
- Normal Upper GI Series
- Principles of Interpretation
- Other Contrast Procedures
- Disorders of the Stomach
- Gastric Torsion/Dilatation
- Pyloric Outflow Obstruction
- Gastric Neoplasia
- Disorders of the Small Intestine
- Foreign Body
- Inflammatory Diseases Without Ulceration and Ulcers
- Infiltrative Disease
- Radiography of the Large Intestine
- Disorders of the Large Intestine
- Cecal Inversion
- Non-Ionic Iodinated Contrast Media for Gastrointestinal Studies
- Section Six - Urinary Tract
- Selection of Appropriate Contrast Procedure
- Negative Contrast Cystogram
- Double Contrast Cystogram
- Disorders of the Urinary Bladder
- Disorders of the Urethra
- Contrast Examination of the Kidneys and Ureters–Excretory Urogram
- Disorders of the Kidneys and Ureters
- Section Seven - Reproductive Tract
- Female: Uterus and Ovaries
- Disorders of the Female Reproductive Tract
- Disorders of the Male Reproductive Tract
- Section Eight - Anomalies
- Renal Agenesis and Malpositioned Kidneys
- Kartagener’s Syndrome
No additional materials provided - all course content is online.
Students that prefer to read technical material in text form may wish to purchase the book that comprises the general content. The text has been well received by students in past sessions and makes an excellent addition to private or practice libraries.
If you wish to buy the text, information is provided below in the Course Writer's section of this page.
...Reading material provided in pdf file saved me alot of time to read other lengthy and difficult to understand textbook. This online book not only provided alot of important but practical information focusing on abdominal radiograph. By doing the assignment and examinations to make sure my understandings to the reading and could use it practically.
...The review of normal radiographic anatomy was very beneficial. The course really reinforced the importance of evaluating films systematically and recording findings in a standardized fashion (I am always trying to improve the quality of my medical records!). I liked the assignments that were case-based and most applicable to general practice. The material on the use of contrast was really comprehensive, and I believe I will utilize these techniques more often now.
...The course has been very helpful. I liked the presentation of the diagnostic images with the special imaging studies. I really liked the normal radiographic illustrations of the anatomy of the abdomen.
...I liked the assignments because they were challenging, but practical to cases that we see in our clinic. I will now be more confident in reading radiographs because of this course.
... The aspects of the course that I enjoyed the best was the way Julie would give me direction without providing the diagnosis.There were great lessons to be learned.At times it was a struggle,but Julie would make me think and reason to arrive at the diagnosis myself.This was a great course.I really enjoyed it. It was as interesting and challenging as the thoracic radiology course.Both courses have increased my confidance in reading radiographs greatly,which is why I enrolled in them.Thanks so much Julie!!!
... The assignments were applicable to the material and my clinical practice. Course reference manual easy to read, informative and concise.
...The course contents were really informative and organised in a way which is easy to remember.The assignments made me think and helped me to interpret images.This course definitely improved my confidence to interpret xray which was my aim when I registered for the course.
VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Students log in while a course is in session at times convenient to personal schedules.
Upon fulfillment of all requirements, the student will receive a VetMedTeam, RACE documenting, certificate of completion. Students must:
- attain a grade of 80% or higher on each of the examinations
- complete the required assignment posts to the discussion boards
- complete the course exit survey
This is an advanced level course. A working knowledge of radiology is needed. Assignments in this course are challenging and designed to bring the learning experience into your everyday practice. The instructor will guide the student to an understanding of the role of abdominal radiology in reaching a diagnosis, either as the diagnosing veterinarian or as the practice staff involved in assisting the veterinarian with the steps to diagnosis.
The average student spends 5 to 7 hours per week in order to complete all the mandatory requirements. If you are seeking a course that deals with basic level information regarding radiology please note that this is an advanced level course. The Basic Principles of Radiology course is designed for those students that are not yet ready for this level.
Course meets the requirements for 20.00 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.
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
This course has been developed in cooperation with Teton NewMedia, utilizing content from Abdominal Radiology for the Small Animal Practitioner Judith A. Hudson DVM, William R. Brawner DVM, Merrilee Holland DVM, Margaret Blaik DVM ; published by Teton New Media; 2002.
If you are interested in purchasing this text for your library visit Teton New Media or do a web search to locate a distributor in your area.
Julie Ekedahl, VMD, DACVR
Originally a native of the Southeast, Dr. Ekedahl graduated from Duke University in 1993 with a BS 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 in 1999, 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 in 2003 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. In 2004, 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.
September 15, 2013 - Registration deadline is 11:30 PM Eastern September 20, 2013
November 15, 2013 - Registration deadline is 11:30 PM Eastern November 20, 2013