Keywords:Radiograph, radiology, diagnostics, wildlife rehabilitation
Radiographs are a common, non-invasive diagnostic tool useful in many wildlife cases. This article provides a brief overview of radiology as it pertains to wildlife rehabilitation: what are x-rays and how they produce radiographs, factors to consider when purchasing equipment, safety concerns when working around x-rays, indications for taking radiographs, and restraint and positioning of the animal during the process. The reader is encouraged to use the suggested references and work with an experienced veterinarian or veterinary radiologist to practice distinguishing normal radiographs from abnormal.
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