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17 November 2019 10:00 - 17 November 2019 17:00

To Cut or Not to Cut ?…….That is often the question

Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate North Yorkshire, HG2 8NZ

This is a practical refresher course in abdominal imaging, intended to guide selection of an appropriate imaging modality, improve confidence in image interpretation and aid clinical decision-making, based on imaging findings. The main focus will be on radiology, with inclusion of relevant ultrasound images and reference to advanced imaging techniques. The course will involve “hands on” film reading and group discussion of a variety of imaging cases to illustrate each section of the course. Here is a taste of the type of cases which will be discussed: “Shorty”, 4 year old Lhasa Apso was presented with vomiting, dehydration and moderate abdominal pain. What reasoning might be involved in selection of a suitable imaging modality for this patient?

“Shorty” was initially radiographed. Are any significant abnormalities seen on his radiographs? Is any further imaging indicated?

“Koko” 4 year old MN Ragdoll cat, also presenting with vomiting and abdominal pain. A single lateral projection of the abdomen was initially obtained. Are any significant abnormalities seen on his radiograph? Is any further imaging indicated?

A clinical case can be viewed as a jigsaw puzzle to be solved, with each part of the investigation representing a piece of the bigger picture. There is a temptation, especially in referral hospitals to gather as much information as possible about every patient: ideally we should only be performing a diagnostic test if it is likely to have a significant influence in the management or outcome of the case. Although advanced imaging techniques such as CT can rapidly provide a definitive diagnosis in some patients, these investigations may be unnecessary, inaccessible or out-with the financial reach of the owner.

Radiography is still the first line of investigation for many abdominal disorders and in each of the examples above, delivers part of the information we need to form a diagnosis. In both cases ultrasound is indicated to provide more information, allowing a decision to be made about whether surgery is appropriate.

What can we expect from radiography and ultrasound? These imaging modalities are complementary and neither one can completely replace the other. Using radiography we can obtain an impression of gastrointestinal dysfunction through the presence of dilated bowel loops, unusual gas patterns or abnormal luminal content and we may be able to detect the presence of a foreign body or mass.

Ultrasound has the advantage of direct visualisation of the internal structure of the abdominal organs in real time without the need for ionising radiation. We can assess gastrointestinal wall architecture, luminal content and to some extent function, however the diagnostic value of gastrointestinal ultrasonography is influenced by operator expertise and dependent on the availability of suitable equipment.

Join us for a day of discussion and discovery on 17th November in Harrogate to share your views on these cases and find answers to many other imaging questions.



Intended for: Veterinary Surgeons

Terms and Conditions: All courses must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

To qualify for an applicable refund, cancellations must emailed to or requested by telephone on 01452 726700. With over 30 days’ notice we will refund 70% of the course fee.  With between 15-30 days’ notice we will refund 50% of the course fee.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations with notice of 14 days or less, however if we are able to resell your place on the course we will provide a full refund.

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