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DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING 5 Article reprinted with the permission of DVM360 - May09, 2017 DVM360 MAGAZINE is a copyrighted publication of Advanstar.Communications inc. All rights reserved. Imaging Gems for Veterinarians : How Digital Radiography Can Make Your Practice Sparkle May 09, 2017 By Anthony Pease, DVM, MS, DACVR Worried that DR will become obsolete as soon as you make the purchase? Don’t worry—just like fine diamonds, this technolo- gy holds value for years to come. Diagnostic imaging technology has become positively dazzling in the past 10 years, but many practitioners are worried about buying a digital unit that will lose its luster in a year—just like their latest smartphone. Fear not. Although digital imaging may seem new, it’s been available in human medicine for more than 25 years if you’re looking at computed radiography (CR), 15 if you’re looking at digital radiography (DR, some- times called DX). Here are five sparkling ideas to consider if you’re won- dering how digital imaging will work for you. 1 Most CR and DR units can work with your ex- isting x-ray table. Although you can upgrade your ta- ble when you switch to CR or DR, newer DR plates do vet360 Issue 04 | AUGUST 2017 | 26 not need to integrate with your x-ray tube, and CR systems work just like a standard radiographic plate and do not require any upgrade to your existing unit. 2 You can take three views instead of two. As a radiologist, I still have veterinarians send me single lateral or two-view radiographs of the thorax and abdomen looking for abnormalities. Although this is usually enough to make a diagnosis, by taking the opposite lateral you increase the chance of seeing lesions by 33 percent. (Get it? You’re getting anoth- er radiograph, so now you have three chances to see lesions rather than just two). Also, things are hidden on the down side that you can’t usually see until you flip the patient over to allow gas in the region to provide radiographic