One thing you're getting wrong in feline thoracic imaging

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One thing you're getting wrong in feline thoracic imaging

According to Dr. Pollard, a radiograph alone won't give you the answer you're looking for when you suspect a veterinary patient's heart is abnormal.
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Jan 04, 2018

The biggest single problem with feline thoracic imaging? According to imaging expert and Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Rachel Pollard, DVM, PhD, DACVR, it’s interpreting whether or not the heart is abnormal. And it’s not just a problem for practitioners, but for radiologists too.

Dr. Pollard’s opinion? Unless the heart is obviously greatly enlarged, you’re not going to know for sure if it's abnormal or not.

Dr. Pollard’s advice? Weigh the findings from a physical exam as heavily as you do radiographic abnormalities. If there’s anything fishy whatsoever, you must do an echocardiogram. Watch the video below for full details straight from Dr. Pollard.