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J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2006 Nov-Dec;42(6):440-9.

The clinical usefulness of the ventrodorsal versus dorsoventral thoracic radiograph in dogs.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Mosier Hall, 1800 Denison Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66506, USA.


Differences exist in the ventrodorsal (VD) and dorsoventral (DV) radiographic views of the canine thorax. One view may be preferred over another because of how it portrays different areas of interest or different disease conditions. The VD view is indicated for evaluation of the cranial and caudal mediastinum, the caudal vena cava, and the accessory lung lobe, and in cases of pleural effusion. Indications for the DV view include assessment of a consistent cardiac silhouette, evaluation of the pulmonary lobar vessels, and evaluation of the structures of the dorsal thorax, such as hilar lymph nodes, the caudal dorsal lungs, trachea, mainstem bronchi, and left atrium.

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