College of Veterinary Medicine


Imaging Anatomy

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Instructors: Veterinary specialists at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Course Description

Our team of board-certified radiologists, cardiologists, surgeons, neurologists and other specialists will guide students through clinically relevant anatomy using diagnostic imaging. All body systems are covered in this comprehensive course, including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, hepatic, in addition to others.

The basic principles behind imaging modalities, image acquisition and radiation safety are covered to encourage learners to consider how tissue structure and function applies to anatomy and the interpretation of diagnostic images.

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to enhance veterinary student anatomical knowledge and learning with the use of diagnostic imaging. Students will also learn to identify normal radiographic anatomy of common domestic species

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify normal clinically- relevant anatomical structures on a radiograph
  • Appreciate the breadth of normal anatomical variants in veterinary radiographs
  • Explain how a tissue's structural composition impacts the generation of a diagnostic image
  • Compare and contrast different imaging modalities as they relate to tissue structure and function
  • Identify the safety concerns surrounding medical imaging

Module Topics

  • Module 1: Introduction of Modalities and Radiation Safety
    • The Role of Diagnostic Imaging in Veterinary Medicine
    • The Electromagnetic Spectrum is Everywhere
    • Radiation Safety
    • Introduction to X-Ray
    • Introduction to Computed Tomography (CT)
    • Introduction to Ultrasound
    • Introduction to MRI
    • CAT Scan Also For Dogs (Optional)
    • History of the MRI (Optional)
    • Veterinary Radiology Today (Optional)
    • The History of Radiology and How to Read a Light Box Image (Optional)
  • Module 2: Cardiology
    • Heart Anatomy
    • Heart Muscle Basics
    • Chest X-Ray Interpretation
    • Echocardiographic Anatomy
    • How to Take a Chest X-Ray
    • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) (Optional)
    • Pericardial Effusion Case (Optional)
  • Module 3: Respiratory
    • Approach to Reading a Chest X-Ray
    • Upper Airway Anatomy
    • Heart and Pulmonary Vasculature
    • Lungs
    • Pleural Space
    • Mediastinum
    • Thoracic Wall
    • Physiology of the Respiratory Tract
    • Exotic Animal Radiographic Anatomy
    • Optical Imaging (Optional)
    • Tracheal Hemorrhage Case (Optional)
  • Module 4: Forelimb Anatomy
    • Radiographic Anatomy of the Shoulder
    • Radiographic Anatomy of the Elbow
    • Radiographic Anatomy of the Carpus
    • How to Take a Limb X-Ray
    • Use of Ultrasound in Horses (Optional)
  • Module 5: Hindlimb Anatomy
    • Radiographic Anatomy of the Stifle
    • Radiographic Anatomy of the Hip
    • Radiographic Anatomy of the Tarsus
    • Characterizing Bone Lesions (Optional)
    • Saving Flits (Optional)
  • Module 6: The Brain and Spine
    • Neuroanatomy
    • Neurologic Examination
    • Spinal X-Ray Interpretation
    • Modality Comparison for Neurology Cases
    • How to Take a Spinal X-Ray
    • Head Trauma (Optional)
    • Dental Radiographs (Optional)
  • Module 7: Abdomen
    • Overview of the Abdominal Organs
    • Understanding Radiographic Opacities
    • Choosing the Right Tool for the Job: Abdominal Organs
    • How to Take an Abdomen X-Ray
    • Infrared Surgical Cameras (Optional)
    • Gastric Dilitation Volvulus (GDV) Case (Optional)

Course Overview

All course materials will be accessed via the internet. Course modules will be a combination of video lectures, imaging anatomy cases and quizzes. Learners will work as an individual at their own pace to explore the concepts in this course. If you need help with navigating the course materials, please click on the Help Center page.

Learning Activities

  • Video Lectures

Instructors will present the core learning materials via high quality videos.

  • Imaging Cases

Students will review the diagnostic imaging anatomy cases to apply their anatomical knowledge to radiographs.

  • Assessment Quiz (Required for Certificate)

Learners will take a Module Quiz for each module. The quiz is located at the end of each module. The quizzes are open-book and open-note. Please note that every learner will randomly get 10 questions. Your grade should be available right after submission. Unlimited attempts are allowed. To earn a certificate, you need to obtain a score of 80% or more.



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